Twitter ban targets Richard Spencer and other alt-right accounts

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Twitter suspended high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right movement last week in the social media giant’s ongoing efforts to crack down on “hate speech,”

Among those suspended was white supremacist leader Richard B. Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account, @RichardBSpencer, on Twitter. He made headlines earlier in the summer by organizing the “Unite the Right” protest in Charlottesville, Virginia, where one woman was killed.

On Tuesday, Twitter removed Spencer’s personal account along with his think tank, the National Policy Institute @npiamerica, and his online magazine @radixjournal.

“This is corporate Stalinism,” Spencer told The Daily Caller News Foundation.

Prior to this, Twitter moved last month to suspend or eliminate verified badges from the profiles of several users who habitually engage in white supremacist rhetoric and hateful speech.

In a statement, Twitter said: “The Twitter Rules prohibit targeted abuse and harassment, and we will suspend accounts that violate this policy.”

Twitter declined to comment specifically on the suspensions, which included the accounts of Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.

White nationalist Matt Heimblach accused Twitter of restricting free speech and claimed that the purge of alt-right accounts was politically motivated.

“There is a lot of concern over them trying to stop us, whether it’s the establishment or whether it’s these multinational corporations like Twitter or Google, but I really think it’s too little too late. This political revolution that we are seeing has already begun,” Heimblach, chairman of the Traditionalist Worker Party, said in an interview.

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