Twitter has banned leading members of Britain First and the far-right

Let the #TwitterPurge commence

Twitter has banned members of Britain First from using the site.

The so-called ‘Twitter purge’ has seen multiple far-right political figures get banned from using the social channel, including Britain First leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen.

In the US, the white nationalist Jared Taylor and the American Nazi Party have been suspended, among others.

The move comes as part of a policy change taking into account behaviour “on and off the site”, namely affiliation with violent organisations, when considering suspension.

The platform will also be banning content that “glorifies violence or the perpetrators of a violent act.”

Twitter wrote in a blogpost: “We will require offending Tweets to be removed and repeated violations will result in permanent suspension.”

Related user content found to be abusive will also come under scrutiny, including profile information, username, display name, or profile bio.

“If an account’s profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended,” Twitter wrote.

 

The policy change follows US President Donald Trump’s controversial re-tweeting of multiple videos from the Britain First deputy leader’s account, one of which was titled: “Muslim migrant beats up Dutch boy on crutches.”

However, the attacker was later revealed to be born and raised in Holland.

The re-tweeting was criticised by Theresa May, leading to an SNL skit on the issue featuring Kate McKinnon as the British Prime Minister.