Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the “alt right” movement on Tuesday as part of a renewed effort to crack down on harassment, USA Today reports.
Among the accounts suspended: white nationalist Richard Spencer, Spencer’s think tank National Policy Institute, his journal Radix, his publishing company Washington Summit Publishers, former Business Insider chief technology officer Pax Dickinson and alt-right personalities Ricky Vaughn and Paul Town.
In an interview with the Daily Caller News Foundation, Spencer — an outspoken supporter of Donald Trump — accused Twitter of censoring alt-right voices in the aftermath of Trump’s election.
“This is corporate Stalinism,” he told the Daily Caller. “Twitter is trying to airbrush the Alt Right out of existence.”
Twitter has banned high-profile alt-right accounts in the past for harassment. In May 2015, it banned conservative provocateur Chuck Johnson, and in July 2016, it banned Breitbart technology editor Milo Yiannopoulos.
The most recent wave of high-profile suspensions came the same day that Twitter released new anti-harassment tools that allow users to mute tweets containing specific words and hashtags. (Source)