Twitter blocks accounts from right-wing extremists

Twitter blocks accounts from right-wing extremists

The US short message service Twitter has blocked accounts of the extreme right-wing identity movement because it is said to have violated the rules on terrorism or violent extremism.

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Followers of the “Identitarian Movement” demonstrate in Berlin (archive). Twitter has blocked accounts of the far-right group.

The profiles of the German branch of the Identitarian Movement (IB) and the account of the prominent Austrian activist Martin Sellner, among others, have been inaccessible since Friday. According to the group, Twitter accounts in France, Italy, Denmark and Great Britain were also affected.

“Twitter blocks accounts that violate the Twitter rules,” has been emblazoned on the profiles ever since. A spokesman for the service confirmed the closure to the German Press Agency on Saturday. The reason he gave was a Twitter guideline, according to which the threat or promotion of terrorism or violent extremism on the platform is not tolerated. According to these rules, an account is “permanently blocked” in the event of a violation, but an appeal by those affected is possible.

Around 30,000 Twitter users followed the Identitarian Movement Germany, Sellner just under 40,000. The IB speaks out against multicultural societies and spreads right-wing extremist conspiracy myths. In Germany, the group is monitored by the Office for the Protection of the Constitution. Around 600 members belong to the IB in this country.

Facebook and Instagram have long banned the group from their platforms. However, profiles of the identities are still available on YouTube.

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