Alt-right, an organized group that supports white nationalism has been a growing counterpoint to mainstream conservatism online. Richard Spencer runs an alt-right think tank and claimed that he wants blacks, Hispanics, Jews, and Asians removed from the U.S.
Twitter, Inc. (NYSE:TWTR) has suspended numerous accounts associated with the alt right, Richard Spencer was among them. “I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt right,” Spencer said. Twitter had declined to comment, John Rivers, Ricky Vaughn, Paul Town, and Pax Dickinson was suspended as well. “We don’t comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons,” the company said in an email.
Twitter removed the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, a technology editor at Breitbart in July. Yiannopoulos engaged in a campaign that utilized hundreds of anonymous twitter accounts that bombarded Ghostbuster actress Leslie Jones with sexist and racist taunts. Twitter has stripped Yiannopoulos of his verified status before banning him.
“The fact is that I, and a number of other people who have just got banned, weren’t even trolling,” he said. “I was using Twitter just like I always use Twitter, to give people some updates and maybe to comment on a news story here and there.”