Weeks after San Francisco-based Twitter Inc. announced new policies against hate speech, the official account of Greece’s Neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was suspended on January 4, 2018.
Twitter began enforcing new rules to combat hateful and abusive content in mid December and a number of well-known far-right organizations and users were immediately suspended throughout the United States and the world.
When you click on what was the party’s official Twitter URL, users are automatically redirected to a notice of the account’s suspension.
The changes announced last month broaden Twitter’s “hateful conduct policy” to permanently suspend any account that displays “violent threats, multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear or reduces someone to less than human.”
Twitter responded to The Pappas Post following an emailed request for comment about Golden Dawn’s suspension only with an email directing us to their new policy on suspended accounts.
Golden Dawn slammed Twitter, while simultaneously calling Mark Zuckerburg of Facebook a Zionist and blasting Instagram, as well. All three social networks have been involved in banning profiles, posts or pages operated by the party’s supporters.
The Golden Dawn statement called the effort by Twitter an “all out war” against the party.
Golden Dawn officials responded to Twitter with a demand to reinstate their site, stating that the organization is the third largest political party in Greece with 16 members of parliament and its rights– as well as the rights of its “half-million Greek voters” were being violated.
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