White Nationalist Is Latest To Sue Twitter Over Ban

White Nationalist Is Latest To Sue Twitter Over Ban

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions. Jared Taylor filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, marking the latest legal challenge filed by right-wing groups and figures banned from social media sites. The magazine touts a philosophy that it’s “entirely normal” for whites to want to be a majority race. Social media sites are under increasing public pressure to quickly flag and ban abusive, hateful and bullying posts by some of their billions of users. Taylor said Twitter informed him via email on Dec. 18 that it was suspending his account and one in the magazine’s name, alleging they violated the company’s user agreement barring affiliations with “a violent extremist group.” Twitter didn’t name the extremist group, Taylor said. Twitter declined to comment on his lawsuit and accounts. Taylor alleged in his lawsuit that Twitter’s ban has dealt a “crippling blow” to New Century Foundation fundraising. Politically conservative Twitter users filled social media sites Wednesday with complaints that they lost thousands of followers amid a “purge” of suspected Russian bots. Richard Spencer, a white nationalist with more than 80,000 followers, tweeted that he’s “lost close to 1,000” of them over the past few hours and that there was a “major purge underway.” Hours later, though, he posted again that his followers were “creeping back up.” “Apparently, there was a mass demand to verify accounts with phone numbers, not exactly a purge,” he said. In a statement, Twitter said its tools are “apolitical, and we enforce our rules without political bias.” The company estimates that about 5 percent of its accounts are spam or malicious bots.

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A prominent white nationalist is suing Twitter for banning his accounts at a time when social networks are trying to crack down on hateful and abusive content without appearing to censor unpopular opinions.

Jared Taylor filed the lawsuit Tuesday in state court in San Francisco, marking the latest legal challenge filed by right-wing groups and figures banned from social media sites.

Taylor is the founder of the Virginia-based New Century Foundation, an IRS-classified charity that operates the American Renaissance online magazine. The magazine touts a philosophy that it’s “entirely normal” for whites to want to be a majority race.

Twitter suspended the accounts of well-known white nationalists in December, saying it was enforcing new rules aimed at reducing abusive content. Social media sites are under increasing public pressure to quickly flag and ban abusive, hateful and bullying posts by some of their billions of users.

Twitter’s new policy addresses hateful images or symbols, including those attached to user profiles. The company said its monitors now view hateful imagery in the same way as graphic violence and adult content, which have been banned since the company’s inception.

Taylor said Twitter informed him via email on Dec. 18 that it was suspending his account and one in the magazine’s name, alleging they violated the company’s user agreement barring affiliations with “a violent…

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