Twitter began enforcing new rules to combat hateful and abusive content Monday and a number of well-known far-right organizations and users were suspended. 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 vehicle.
'We're making these changes to create a safer environment for everyone'. Trump's retweets also were addressed in a statement from the White House, insisting it does not matter whether the videos are real, or fake, because they illustrate what President Trump talking points about national security, which is all that matters.
"In our efforts to be more aggressive here, we may make some mistakes and are working on a robust appeals process", Twitter said in a blog post Monday.
Twitter has been overhauling many of its policies in recent weeks following repeated criticism over how it handles abusive content.
The new rule doesn't apply to military or government entities or groups with elected public officials, the company said.
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If a user posts hateful symbols or images, it must be marked "sensitive media".
"While we want people to feel free to share media that reflects their creativity or individuality, or to show what's happening in the world, we will take action when it crosses the line into abuse towards a person, group, or protected category", the company's help center states. The enforcement of these rules will be a welcome step given how rampant offensive content can be on the platform, but the test will be whether or not Twitter will enforce them consistently.
One account that was no longer visible on Twitter was that Britain First leader Jayda Fransen, whose anti-Islam messages were retweeted by Trump, and another leader of the group, Paul Golding. The videos depict men committing violent acts, with captions alleging those men are Muslim.
Now, at last, Twitter seems to be waking up to what's going on, and this morning suspended Fransen's account, in addition to the account of Britain First.
At first, Twitter claimed the tweets were newsworthy, but then the company clarified that they did not violate its policy, which allows some forms of graphic violence.
Founded in 2006, the San Francisco company had called itself "the free speech wing of the free speech party" and tried to stay out of battles among users.