Twitter and Facebook have finally gotten on the bandwagon of technology companies who refuse to provide a platform for white supremacists, Nazi’s, the Ku Klux Klan and the alt-right.
Twitter just took down accounts belonging to neo-Nazi site the Daily Stormer https://t.co/mncdRjSlgx pic.twitter.com/0enEQEz3sR
— The Independent (@Independent) August 17, 2017
Hate groups such as the white supremacist news organ The Daily Stormer received a huge rush of publicity out of the violent and deadly rally in Charlottesville over the weekend, pushing it from cult obscurity to a mass market profile.
While their actions made many Americans angry and sick at heart, these groups saw the sudden visibility and free publicity as the boon they have long sought.
They saw this as an opportunity to spew their bile to a much wider audience and to attract thousands of new members to join with the haters already marching with Swastikas or in white robes or hiding behind their computer screens.
“They don’t want to hide, they want to recruit,: Linda Woolf, a psychology professor at Webster University in Missouri who studies hate groups told USA Today “They’ll do whatever they can to reach people.”
However, the same technology infrastructure that gave them visibility on the world wide web has snapped back and shut The Daily Stormer and others down, making it clear they do not want to be associated with the neo-Nazis or the killer Klan or the alt-right.
Both Twitter and Facebook, citing free speech issues, had been slow to follow Google (and YouTube), Go Daddy, Instagram, Linkedin, Spotify, Zoho, Sendgrid, Discord, Discourse and others who denied the hate groups service on their platforms and in their chatrooms.
Now, however, both have joined the chorus of those denouncing the hate criminals.
In an email to The Hill, Twitter explained the shift in their position without naming individuals or companies now blocked:
“The Twitter Rules prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”