Britain First Leaders Among First 'Haters' Banned by Twitter

Leaders of Britain First have their Twitter accounts suspended

Britain First leaders Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen

Instead of relying on the content of tweets alone, Twitter announced Monday, the company will now take into account what a person's profile contains - whether they're associated with any known hate groups or espouse ideology that violates Twitter's terms and conditions, such as white supremacy or vocal support of terrorist groups.

Trump's promotion of Britain First material led to renewed calls among Twitter users for the platform to take action against racial and religious abuse.

Twitter has always been accused of amplifying the reach of people and rhetoric that promote hate, extremist views and violence. In August, social media networks began removing white nationalists after hundreds gathered in Charlottesville, Virginia, and one of them was charged with murdering a 32-year-old woman by running her down in a auto.

But those on the left fear Twitter has gone too far by allowing members of the far right to use it to spread a message they deem to be hateful.

The move came a day before British MPs, who are part of the Home Affairs Committee, were set to discuss the role social media plays in influencing hate crime.

In a statement, the social site said: 'Today, we are starting to enforce these policies across Twitter. Many white nationalists have, for example, adopted the symbol of Pepe the Frog, a meme that was transformed during the 2016 presidential campaign to be a symbol of far-right Trump supporters.

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Accounts with "logos, symbols, or images whose goal is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin", will be among the suspended group per Twitter's new rules.

The company said that it will be creating tools that will assist in identifying defaulters.

Twitter did not provide a list of other accounts that have been immediately affected, and the company did not respond to Ars' request for comment pre-publication.

Among the accounts to be suspended is that of deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who gained notoriety when three anti-Muslim videos she posted were retweeted by US President Donald Trump.

Twitter has been reviewing its policies in recent weeks following repeated criticism over how it handles abusive content. The new rules will apply to accounts including those that affiliate themselves with organizations that "use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes".

Twitter said it had decided not to categorise the US Confederate flag as hateful imagery, citing its place in history.

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