Offbeat Twitter suspends far-right 'Proud Boys' accounts as 'Unite the Right' DC rally nears

04:05  11 august  2018
04:05  11 august  2018 Source:   thehill.com

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Twitter suspended the accounts of Vice Magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes and his far - right Proud Boys group ahead of this weekend's " Unite the Right " rally in Washington D . C . Friday afternoon.

The Unite the Right rally , also known as the Charlottesville rally or Charlottesville riots, was a white supremacist and white nationalist rally that occurred in Charlottesville, Virginia, from August 11 to 12

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Twitter has reportedly suspended multiple accounts linked to the far-right "Proud Boys" organization, a measure taken days before the Washington, D.C., "Unite the Right" rally is set to take place.

BuzzFeed News reported Friday that Twitter suspended the group's main account @ProudBoysUSA, in addition to its founder, Gavin McInnes', account because the two violated Twitter's policy on "violent extremist groups."

"We can confirm that these accounts have been suspended from Twitter and Periscope for violating our policy prohibiting violent extremist groups," a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement to BuzzFeed News.

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The company suspended accounts associated with the Proud Boys ahead of the white supremacist Unite the Right rally in Washington, D . C ., this weekend. The move was originally reported by BuzzFeed News.

Twitter suspended the accounts of Vice Magazine co-founder Gavin McInnes and his far - right Proud Boys group ahead of this weekend’s “ Unite the Right ” rally in Washington D . C . Friday afternoon.

BuzzFeed notes that members of "Proud Boys" participated in the first "Unite the Right" rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year - a demonstration that turned deadly after a car rammed into a crowd and killed counter-protester, Heather Heyer.

Twitter's decision comes as it faces mounting scrutiny for its policies on what it considers "hateful content."

The company drew considerable backlash after it refused to remove the accounts of Infowars and its founder, Alex Jones, a prominent promoter of alt-right conspiracies, from its site this week.

This weekend's "Unite the Right" rally is expected to draw far-right protesters and counter-protesters on Sunday.

State of Emergency Declared for Charlottesville .
Governor Ralph Northam said he ordered a state of emergency to "prepare and coordinate our response to ensure the protection of residents’ lives, property, and Constitutional rights.” “I am urging Virginians to make alternative plans to engaging with planned demonstrations of hate, should those arise,” Northam said in a statement. “Virginia continues to mourn the three Virginians who lost their lives in the course of the demonstrations a year ago. We hope the anniversary of those events passes peacefully.

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