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Twitter Nazi purge removes far-right British leader that Trump retweeted

Twitter Nazi purge removes far-right British leader that Trump retweeted

The social media service announced the policy change in November.

Twitter developed new regulations recently and started enforcing those rules Monday.

Several online civil rights groups, including the Center for Democracy and Technology and the San Francisco-based Electronic Frontier Foundation, have questioned the power of tech giants and cautioned those who cheer corporate take-downs of far-right users and Nazi websites that they could be next.

Twitter has always been accused of amplifying the reach of people and rhetoric that promote hate, extremist views and violence.

Many on social media applauded the move, insisting President Donald Trump's account should also be terminated.

Press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed: 'Whether it's a real video, the threat is real and that is what the president is talking about'. The new rules prohibit "graphic violence and/or adult content" in profile or header images, as well as banning the promotion of violence or threats against others "on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease".

A spokesperson for the anti-fascism campaign group Hope Not Hate said: "We welcome this long-belated recognition by Twitter that groups like Britain First, and Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding, have been using the cover of "free speech" to promote hatred and division".

That means even though Trump has technically violated Twitter's abuse policies in the past, he is exempt from the new rules.

The pair had recently gained worldwide attention after US President Donald Trump retweeted a series of inflammatory anti-Islamic posts by Fransen, containing unverified videos titled, "Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!" and "Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches".

The company declined to specify what others or how many were removed.

The company has come under scrutiny for not doing enough to stop hate speech and abuse on its platform. You also may not affiliate with organizations that - whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform - use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.

Any individual account or tweet that promotes violence against someone will prompt Twitter to suspend that account - temporarily or permanently, depending on how that user has acted in the past.

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