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Twitter Suspends Source Of Donald Trump's Much-Blasted Anti-Muslim Retweets

19 December 2017

United Kingdom authorities arrested Golding and Fransen earlier this week over incendiary comments about Islam that they made over the summer in Northern Ireland, the BBC reports.

While Twitter is stepping up its online safety efforts, not all users have agreed with how the company enforces its rules.

The move comes after Donald Trump retweeted anti-Muslim videos posted by Fransen.

The main Twitter account of the far-right Britain First party was suspended on Monday, along with the accounts of its two leaders.

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Twitter users may have to start thinking twice about what they post on social media.

Twitter's diminished tolerance for tweets considered hateful, abusive or violent has become part of its corporate strategy over the past several months, as the company has pushed a steady rollout of safeguards and restrictions, including the suspension of numerous accounts associated with white supremacists, terrorists and other violent organizations. But for years, Twitter billed itself as the "free speech wing of the free speech party", exerting little control over its legions of anonymous users.

The changes announced last month broaden Twitter's "hateful conduct policy" to permanently suspend any account-covering usernames, profile bios and display names-that displays "violent threats, multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear or reduces someone to less than human".

It was not immediately clear how many other accounts were suspended upon Twitter's new rules take effect Monday.

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Hateful imagery includes logos, symbols, or images aimed at promoting hostility and malice based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.

The suspensions are part of Twitter attempt to better combat hate-speech and abuse on its platform.

According to tech news site Recode, "Twitter has said it would be monitoring groups' behavior outside of the website, as it makes its decision as to which users have run afoul of its new guidelines".

Twitter has been criticized for inconsistency in enforcing or providing transparency into its policies, most recently when it explained - and then seemed to correct the explanation - for why it it kept Pres. Trump's retweets of unverified anti-Muslim videos posted by Britain First, the anti-immigration organization led by Fransen and Golding that's been termed a hate group by some British lawmakers.

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The new rule doesn't apply to military or government entities or groups with elected public officials, the company said.

Twitter Suspends Source Of Donald Trump's Much-Blasted Anti-Muslim Retweets