Twitter Suspends Multiple Alt-Right Accounts

Twitter Logo on Wall Street - H 2014
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Twitter Logo on Wall Street - H 2014

Among those suspended from the social media site is alt-right think tank leader Richard Spencer.

Twitter has suspended multiple accounts associated with alt-right supporters as it takes steps to crack down on hate speech. 

The move comes one week after a surge of support from the alt-right — a group known for supporting white nationalism, homophobia and anti-Semitism — helped to elect Donald Trump as president. 

Among the accounts suspended on Tuesday were those associated with Richard Spencer, the head of alt-right think tank National Policy Institute. Others suspended, as first reported by USA Today, include @PaulTown_, @PaxDickinson, @DatRickyVaughn and @JohnRiversToo.  

Spencer spoke out against his suspension on Wednesday in an interview with the The Daily Caller, likening Twitter's action to "corporate Stalinism."

A Twitter spokesperson on Wednesday emailed The Hollywood Reporter a statement saying that, "the Twitter rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies."

In July, Twitter also banned high-profile alt-right voice Milo Yiannopoulos after he led a harassment campaign against Saturday Night Live star Leslie Jones.

The San Francisco-based social network has come under fire for allowing harassment to run rampant on its site. In response, the company on Tuesday unveiled new measures to crack down on hate speech and online abuse, including an ability to "mute" certain keywords and phrases and a change in its hateful conduct policy that gives users a more direct way to report abuse.

A section of the company's hateful conduct policy reads: "You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age disability or disease."