Twitter began enforcing its new anti-hate speech measures on Monday to combat abusive behavior on the social media platform, leading to the suspension of several accounts associated with white nationalism.
Twitter says it will now ban accounts that affiliate with groups “that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”
Far-right U.K. political group Britain First was one of the first accounts to be suspended, along with the hate group’s deputy leader, Jayda Fransen.
Fransen gained prominence after President Trump retweeted three of her anti-Muslim video tweets in November, one of which featured a Dutch boy in the Netherlands falsely identified as a “migrant.”
White nationalist Jared Taylor and his site, American Resistance, are also among the first accounts banned by Twitter’s new anti-hate rules, reports The Daily Beast.
The Daily Beast reports:
On Sunday, fear spread among the white nationalist community that Twitter suspensions were imminent. Many began tweeting with the hashtag #TwitterPurge and encouraging followers to find them on Gab.ai, a far-right Twitter clone that once wrote: “If you are straight, white, Christian, Republican, anti-PC, libertarian, conservative; to Silicon Valley: you are the enemy” in a press release.
Twitter also updated their rules on violent threats to include content that glorifies violence.
“The first time an account violates this policy they will be required to delete the violating tweet and be temporarily placed in read-only mode,” the new rule reads. “Subsequent violations could lead to longer periods of read-only mode, and eventually result in permanent suspension.”