Nazi-Loving White Nationalist Allowed To Tweet Again

Nazi-saluting white nationalist Richard Spencer -- who coined the term "alt-right" -- had his Twitter account reinstated, along with verification. In mid-November, Spencer was suspended from the site along with other prominent alt-right voices like Pax Dickinson and Ricky Vaughn.

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Now Spencer is back, though the other Twitter-banned men of the alt-right remain forgotten.

Why was Spencer -- who runs The National Policy Institute, a white nationalist think-tank -- allowed to return while his peers are resigned to a tweet-free existence? Twitter told BuzzFeed that the white nationalist leader's account was only suspended on a technicality. Spencer violated Twitter's policy that bans "creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses or in order to evade the temporary or permanent suspension of a separate account".

The company warned Spencer that to remain on the site, his account will have to "comply fully with the Twitter Rules". A Twitter spokesperson told BuzzFeed:

Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses. When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement. Twitter Rules also prohibit hateful conduct, harassment, and violent threats. We will take action on accounts that violate these policies.

On Twitter, Spencer wrote that there were "silver linings" to his suspension from the troubled social network. He said it allowed his brain to de-fragment for a few weeks.

He then returned to tweeting and retweeting crap like this.

Another day, another Nazi gets to tweet.

[BuzzFeed]

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Comments

    Aside from being a white supremacist, is there a particular reason that I don't know about that we're calling this guy a nazi? Like, does he legitimately have ties to a nazi party or something?

    I don't really know anything about this guy, besides what is in this article, and I can't open any of the links in those tweets, but if that Above The Law tweet is legit, I'm not really sure how it's racist that it be pointed out.

    My impression from this article, despite the authors best efforts, is that this Richard Spencer guy isn't half as bad as the rest of the alt-right banned people, which is probably why his account was re-instated.

    I'm not seeing, in this article at least, any reason why this guy should have his ability to express his opinion taken away from him. He doesn't appear to be harassing anyone in the tweets used in this article.

    Unless I'm missing some info here, I'm not sure why we get to be the ones who decide whether or not Richard Spencer is allowed to speak freely based on whether or not we agree with him.

    If I am missing some info, feel free to let me know. No need to go ballistic.

      Aside from being a white supremacist

      This. IMO, Richard Spencer is a dick.

      But hey, each to their own.

      Last edited 13/12/16 5:08 pm

        So we should instantly censor those we disagree with? Trump disagrees with climate change, would it be OK to censor all works in that area?
        Like it or not freedoms of expression go both ways.

          Twitter is a privately owned platform. They can censor whoever they wants. Richard spencer is a mogoloid who regularly incites racial hatred. He never presents any legitimate points. Just intolerance and bigorty.

          Freedom of speech gives you the right to say what you want without the government punishing you. Its does not give you the right to say it where ever you want.

          This guy is pure scum

          Last edited 13/12/16 7:15 pm

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