Twitter Suspends Britain First Leaders Who President Trump Retweeted

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According to a report in ReCode late on Sunday, "for Twitter, the two new restrictions are attempts to combat rampant harassment and abuse on the site".

Britain First Leaders Jayda Fransen and Paul Golding have been suspended from Twitter along with the group's account under the social media company's revised rules on hate speech. Twitter's actions drew praise from civil rights groups. In August, social media networks began removing white nationalists after hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of them was charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman by running her down in a auto. The account of far-right group Britain First, a small group that regularly posts inflammatory videos purporting to show Muslims engaged in acts of violence, was among the first to go dark.

"Social media companies have more to do to prevent harm on their sites", he added.

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

Hateful imagery, such as swastikas and other symbols, will be hidden behind a content warning in tweets that allows users the option of viewing it.

Twitter has admitted it "may make some mistakes" as it strives to enforce the new policy aimed at reducing hateful and abusive content on the platform.

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"If an account's profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended", Twitter's safety team explained in a company blog post Monday.

Hate imagery will now fall under the rubric of Twitter's "sensitive media policy", and that will include any "logos, symbols, or images whose goal is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin".

"Accounts that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes", will be suspended, Twitter wrote in its announcement Monday. She called Britain First a "hateful organization" and that it was "very clear that retweeting from Britain First was the wrong thing to do".

Three Twitter messages that included videos considered by some as anti-Muslim, and which were retweeted by President Donald Trump in November, could have factored into the suspensions, the BBC News reported.

There is one notable exception: the policy changes don't apply to military or government entities. Twitter said it would not comment on individual accounts.

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