Britain First, American Renaissance and League of the South have had their accounts suspended, but former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke and other high-profile white nationalists have avoided the cull as Twitter's new policy enforcement raises eyebrows.

By Joe McDonough


Posted on December 19, 2017

Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of high-profile white nationalist parties.

The far-right organisation that gained world-wide attention when US President Donald Trump retweeted its videos, Britain First, is one of the accounts that has been shut down as CEO Jack Dorsey attempts to cleanse Twitter of content advocating hate or violence.

The individual accounts of Britain First’s two leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen have also been suspended.

“Twitter is now only available to those on the ‘left’ of politics. This latest attack on our movement demonstrates that ‘free speech’ is only available to those who do not criticise socialism or Islam,” Britain First said to its members via email.

Mr Trump was widely criticised in November after he retweeted three videos Ms Fransen uploaded to the social media platform. The clips are titled ‘VIDEO: Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death!’, ‘VIDEO: Muslim Destroys a Statue of Virgin Mary!’, and ‘VIDEO: Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches!’, and warn users first about the sensitive material.

The Twitter ban follows the Britain First leaders’ arrest in Belfast over accusations they were inciting hatred with their speeches at the Northern Ireland Against Terrorism rally in August.

Jared Taylor’s white nationalist online magazine American Renaissance, and co-founder of League of the South Michael Hill, have also been blacklisted, as has Brad Griffin who blogs under the name Hunter Wallace on the website Occidental Dissent.

Mr Griffin penned a response to the suspension, claiming there are a swag of politicians and journalists that deserve more attention from Twitter’s censorship taskforce.

“I’ve actually never advocated violence. I believe in free speech, rational debate and calm persuasion. I must be pretty good at it too for Twitter to have to change the rules to ban me,” he wrote.

“Does this new policy apply though to establishment warmongers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham? The US Senate is full of people who have incited pointless, destructive wars, which I have consistently opposed, that have cost us trillions of dollars and led to the death of millions of people.”

Does this new policy apply though to establishment warmongers like John McCain and Lindsey Graham?

CNBC points out clear inconsistencies with the policy enforcement, noting that former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan David Duke’s account remains active.

Co-editor of Altright.com, Richard Spencer, has also come out swinging after avoiding the cull, saying: “As of now, I don’t see any systematic method to the #TwitterPurge. I’ve lost more than a hundred followers in 24 hrs, but lots of pro-White accounts, even shit-lordy ones, remain.”

Twitter has emphasised that it takes into account many factors before making any enforcement decision, including context of the post, cultural and political considerations and the severity of the violation.

The San Francisco company told CNBC via email that it doesn’t comment on individual accounts for privacy and security reasons, but added that 30 days ago it made users aware that new policies on abusive behaviour would come into effect on December 18.