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Twitter finally boots hate group that Trump retweeted off its platform

Twitter finally boots hate group that Trump retweeted off its platform
From TechCrunch - December 19, 2017

Yesterday Twitter said it would begin enforcing new hate speech rules to shutter accounts that promote violence against citizens to further their causes.

The same day it suspended the accounts of the far right British hate group, Britain First, along with the accounts of its leader Paul Golding, and deputy Jayda Fransen.

Fransen, whose far right anti-muslim hate group has never achieved any sniff of electoral success, was nonetheless thrust into the mainstream limelight last month after president Trump retweeted three anti-muslim videos she had shared to his 44.8M followersearning a personal rebuke from the UK prime minister, and condemnation from MPs across the domestic political spectrum for amplifying hate speech.

For a little wider context on Fransen, last year she was found guilty of religiously aggravated harassment after abusing a Muslim woman who was wearing a hijab.

Both her and Golding were alsoarrested in the UK earlier this weekon charges relating to behavior intended to or likely to stir up hatred in Northern Ireland.

Curiously, a Twitter People search for Jayda Fransen which TechCrunch carried out today initially resulted in the first suggestion being@realDonaldTrumps account.

Some minutes later his account was no longer being algorithmically linked to Fransensuggesting some human eyes at the company had locked onto the recommendation AIs problem.

The three posts made by Fransen that Trump retweeted from his personal account last year also appear to now be gone from his feedpresumably as a result of the account being shut down.

Last month Twitter faced criticism for not removing the three tweetsbut defended its action, tellingCNNthat there may be the rare occasion when we allow controversial content or behavior which may otherwise violate our rules to remain on our service because we believe there is a legitimate public interest in its availability.

Each situation is evaluated on a case by case basis and ultimately decided upon by a cross-functional team, the spokesperson added then.

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