Twitter warned users on Tuesday that they would not allow hate speech in their site and quickly went to work suspending some of the worst offenders.
Silicon Valley social media company Twitter is not having any of the alt-right’s abusive language filling up their feeds; they have suspended a few prominent extreme-reactionary affiliated accounts.
One of those people being Richard Spencer was a verified member of the social media platform who also runs a think tank called "The National Policy Institute."
Twitter warned users on Tuesday that they would not allow hate speech in their site and quickly went to work eliminating some of the worst offenders.
Their “hateful conduct policy” was the reason they deleted the accounts.
“The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies,” reports The Daily News.
Spencer’s account was taken down on Tuesday as was the account for his think tank and his online publication Radix Journal.
He created a YouTube video (see below) in response to his expulsion saying, “I am alive physically, but digitally speaking, there has been execution squads across the alt-right.”
Others who have been eliminated from the social media platform are Ricky Vaughn, Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, and John Rivers reports The Daily News.
However, people have found a way around using blatant hate speech and epithets in thier posts.
Some internet lingo has been disguised as looking innocent, but are actually veiled terms that are used to describe minorities and other groups.
For instance, using “skypes” is code for Jewish, the term “skittles” means Muslims and “googles” is another way of saying the n-word.
Users also adopted the word “yahoos” to reference Hispanics.
These terms may make it more difficult for Twitter to identify hateful conduct or harassment on their site.
In response to their banishment from Twitter Richard Spencer and Jared Taylor sent a message to a Buzzfeed reporter who then posted it to Twitter:
“We call on journalists to take a stand for free expression in response to yesterday’s outrageous purge of twitter accounts associated with the Alt-right. Several of the banned accounts were in no way guilty of trolling or ‘harassment,’ so we can conclude only that the bans were politically motivated,” the statement said. “We therefore call on all media outlets with a national reach to condemn Twitter’s censorship of these accounts.”