Twitter has followed up on its promise to shut down accounts based on political ideology.
“Twitter suspended high-profile accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech,” reports USA Today.
The newspaper describes alt-right as “a loosely organized group that espouses white nationalism.”
Nothing works better to discredit the opposition than to describe it as white nationalist.
The BBC made the case by interviewing an avowed racist:
“The alt-right has no formal ideology, although various sources have stated that white nationalism is fundamental. It has also been associated with white supremacism, Islamophobia, antifeminism, homophobia, antisemitism, ethno-nationalism, right-wing populism, nativism, traditionalism, and the neoreactionary movement,” according to Wikipedia.
It also calls itself anti-establishment, but that’s up for debate now that Donald Trump has won the election. He is considering a number of former government insiders and neocons to fill cabinet positions.
USA Today ignores the variety of political ideologies lumped into the alt-right movement and portrays it as some sort of rehashed fascist or Nazi movement.
Twitter was the platform of choice for the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump and the alt-right political movement that embraced him. The alt-right used social media to spread its cause of white supremacy, operating largely unchecked by social media giants Twitter and Facebook.
It should be noted Twitter is a publicly traded company, not a government owned service. It cannot be accused of censorship and, although bad for public relations, has the right to deny service to any person or party it so desires based on the decisions of its corporate officers, who are, like Facebook, overwhelmingly liberal.