Twitter began its “purge” of right-wing accounts Monday and has terminated the account of Britain First deputy leader Jayda Fransen, who reached global attention after she was retweeted three times by U.S. President Donald Trump last month.
Ms. Fransen, along with the official Britain First Twitter account and the account of leader Paul Golding, was suspended Monday afternoon. The banning comes after Fransen posted three videos purporting to show Muslim violence which were retweeted by President Trump and caused outrage among the establishment class who labelled the videos racist.
The retweets even caused Prime Minister Theresa May to comment and condemn street campaign group Britain First. President Trump reacted to the UK government’s comments by tweeting: “Don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!”
.@Theresa_May, don’t focus on me, focus on the destructive Radical Islamic Terrorism that is taking place within the United Kingdom. We are doing just fine!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 30, 2017
Fransen, who was recently arrested in Northern Ireland along with Britain First leader Paul Golding, has so far not issued any statement on her banning from the social media platform.
A number of other accounts from the USA, UK, Canada, and Sweden have also been banned after Twitter announced that they would be enforcing new terms of service last month. The new terms, according to Twitter’s blog, are designed to “reduce hateful conduct and abusive behaviour”.
Twitter will now ban any account that “abuses or threatens others through their profile information, including their username, display name, or profile bio”.
The social media giant also wrote: “If an account’s profile information includes a violent threat or multiple slurs, epithets, racist or sexist tropes, incites fear, or reduces someone to less than human, it will be permanently suspended.”
In addition, the company said it will be cracking down on users who promote “hateful imagery” which is defined as: ” Logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin.”
Leaked emails obtained by Breitbart News in October showed Twitter staff openly showing disdain for pro-life U.S. Congressman Marsha Blackburn who had a pro-life video censored on the platform.