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19 December 2017, 11:07 | Cassandra Thompson
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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. 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.
Fransen hogged the global limelight when US President Donald Trump retweeted in November some of her posts featuring controversial anti-Muslim videos.
Twitter on Monday began enforcing new rules that would suspend users that are associated with hate groups, according toRecode.
Twitter users may have to start thinking twice about what they post on social media. Moving away from its free-speech stance that anything goes and users can self regulate well enough to weed out problematic tweets, Twitter this year took a more hard-line position.
Mr Dorsey said the site had "mistakenly pointed to the wrong reason" the videos remained online, with the company adding its current media policy had not been violated, but would "continue to re-evaluate and examine our policies as the world around us evolves".
Hateful imagery includes logos, symbols, or images aimed at promoting hostility and malice based on race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.
It was not immediately clear how many other accounts were suspended upon Twitter's new rules take effect Monday.
The so-called alt-right, a coalition born online that combines racism, white nationalism, anti-feminism and populism in its politics and meme-driven trolling of others, has for months been building alternatives to Twitter and other social media sites due to increased crackdowns on hate speech and ideology.
Twitter said in a statement that it would shut down accounts affiliated with non-government organisations that promote violence against civilians, and ban user names that constitute a violent threat or racial slur.
A number of prominent far-right accounts, including the white nationalist American Renaissance and its founder Jared Taylor, the neo-Nazi Traditionalist Workers Party and white nationalist group Vanguard America were suspended on Monday. League of the South's Hunter Wallace, Britain First's main account, as well as its leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen-whose anti-Muslim videos were retweeted by President Donald Trump-were also suspended.
But Twitter said it would not cut off accounts for military or government entities, and would consider exceptions "for groups that are now engaging in (or have engaged in) peaceful resolution".
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