Some “alt-right” accounts are going with the wind faster than a tweet on Twitter.
- The purge of accounts considered “alt-right”comes after a major announcement from Google and Facebook about blocking advertisement to “fake new” sites.
- The Donald Trump stunning electoral victory is in part the drive behind this social media shakedown, with supporters blaming “alt-right” for the Clinton loss.
- One of the first accounts deleted? @Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute.
- The ban took place the same day Spencer appeared on “NPR” and “The Daily Show”.
- With the surge and proliferation of alternative media sites and organizations, the task to filter will be challenging.
- Certainly a measure that faith based media must watch carefully in the days to come.
Twitter has initiated a major purge of prominent accounts associated with the alt-right exactly a week after GOP President-elect Donald Trump’s stunning electoral victory.
One of the first and most prominent accounts caught up in the deletion is Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, an alt-right think tank focused on white identity and related policy issues.
Twitter removed Spencer’s verified account, formerly available at @RichardBSpencer, Tuesday evening.
“This is corporate Stalinism,” Richard Spencer told The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Twitter is trying to airbrush the Alt Right out of existence. They’re clearly afraid. They will fail!”
Not only did Twitter kill Spencer’s personal account, but Twitter also suspended the National Policy Institute’s official account (@npiamerica) and its online magazine (@RadixJournal), in addition to a separate book publishing company run by Spencer called Washington Summit Publishers (@washsummit).
The ban took place the same day Spencer appeared on NPR and The Daily Show.
Numerous Twitter users expressed shock at the suspension, while others tried to come up with explanations for the purge.
Original article by The Daily Caller