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Twitter suspends some alt-right accounts

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>> Twitter is cracking down on hate speech and some accounts associated with the alt-right movement are now reportedly getting suspended. Among them Richard Spencer who runs an alt-right think tank, and he's posted a YouTube video criticizing the move, called Knight of the Long Knives in an apparent reference to the purge of Nazi leaders.
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>> I am alive physically, but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt-right. It is corporate Stalinism in a sense there is a great purge going on and they are purging people on the basis of their views.>> Reuters reporter, Mark Hosenball.>> Clearly some, supposedly anti-racist, anti-anti-semitic groups like the Anti-Defamation League Jewish organization and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
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They've been campaigning to shut down the media outlets of groups like American Renaissance and the alt-right. So, and certainly the ADL I believe actually encouraged Twitter to take down some of these accounts. You know there's a lot of noise here. The noise doesn't necessarily add up to a lot, except that, arguably the alt-right is certainly encouraging racial tension and hatred.
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>> Twitter on Tuesday said it was upgrading some features to better combat cyber bullying, such as expanding a mute option to block Tweets based on keywords and phrases in addition to blocking certain accounts. Twitter has been facing pressure for not doing enough to curve abusive behavior on its platform.
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In July, it permanently banned some user accounts for harassment after the Ghostbusters actor, Leslie Jones faced severe harassment. Twitter has also been used heavily by President-elect Donald Trump, who relied heavily on social media for his campaign.