Twitter 'purge' bans numerous white nationalists, including one recently retweeted by Trump

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Twitter 'purge' bans numerous white nationalists, including one recently retweeted by Trump

The site was forced to clarify its position after it initially appeared to suggest the videos, retweeted by Trump from the account of Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, were not removed because they stoked debate.

To be sure, Twitter does not explicitly mention the alt-right or neo-Nazi groups in the rules it first previewed in November.

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The Britain First retweets kicked off a diplomatic storm between the United Kingdom and USA, with prime minister Theresa May directly criticising the president.

Twitter did not immediately respond to emails seeking comment on Sunday. Trump later criticised her back on Twitter.

"You also may not affiliate with organizations that - whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform - use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes", the policy says.

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Late last month, after Trump retweeted three of Fransen's videos, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters that his action was meant to "elevate the conversation" about the issues of "extreme violence and terrorism". As the platform rolled out new features such as longer tweets and the ability to "thread" posts, some users were exasperated that the company wasn't also making moves to combat abuse and harassment by its users.

In a blog post published Monday, Twitter said it was to enforce new rules about hateful conduct and abusive behavior.

Twitter has always been criticized as an avenue for abusive language and behavior online. We will begin enforcing this rule around affiliation with such organizations on December 18, 2017. Fransen's suspension was joined by Paul Golding, the head of Britain First - who was recently arrested on account of verbal threats. The implementation of the rules has resulted in a purse of far-right accounts, including alt-right leaders and white nationalists.

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