Twitter Finally Steps-Up to Address the Far-Right Abusing its Platform

Twitter suspends alt-right accounts – [USAToday] Among those suspended was Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account on Twitter. The alt-right, a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism, emerged as a counterpoint to mainstream conservatism and has flourished online. Spencer has said he wants blacks, Asians, Hispanics and Jews removed from the U.S. Twitter on Tuesday removed Spencer’s verified account, @RichardBSpencer, that of his think tank, the National Policy Institute @npiamerica, and his online magazine @radixjournal. “This is corporate Stalinism,” Spencer told The Daily Caller News Foundation. In a YouTube video, entitled Knight of the Long Knives, an apparent reference to the purge of Nazi leaders in 1934 to consolidate Adolf Hitler’s power, Spencer said Twitter had engaged in a coordinated effort to wipe out alt-right Twitter.

Reddit is “disappointed” that alt-right page was chosen as Subreddit of the Day | Mic – “As a company, we are disappointed that r/AltRight was chosen for a feature in this community, especially at a time when political tensions are high,” Huffman said. “We take the responsibility of making Reddit a welcoming place very seriously. We will continuously assess our role in ensuring that our platform allows authentic engagement and conversation to take place at a time when it’s needed most. We know we have more work to do on this front, and look forward to sharing our progress.”

One of the site’s co-founders, Alexis Ohanian, said at Web Summit in Lisbon, Portugal, this month that the outcome of the presidential election proves the need for a communication forum like Reddit.

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