Twitter Purges Dozens Of "Alt-Right" Accounts

Tyler Durden's picture

In a move dubbed as "corporate Stalinism" by one of those impacted, overnight Twitter again suspended dozens of accounts associated with the alt-right movement, the same day the social media service said it would crack down on hate speech.

Among those suspended was Richard Spencer, who runs an alt-right think tank and had a verified account on Twitter.

According to USA Today, Twitter on Tuesday removed Spencer's account, @RichardBSpencer, that of his think tank, the National Policy Institute @npiamerica, and his online magazine @radixjournal.

Twitter has suspended alt-right accounts in the past but never so many at once. In one of the highest-profile bans, Twitter removed the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, an outspoken editor at Breitbart in July.

As USA Today notes, "he had engaged in a campaign of abuse in which hundreds of anonymous Twitter accounts bombarded Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones with racist and sexist taunts. Before banning Yiannopoulos, Twitter stripped him of his verified status."

Subsequently Twitter also banned University of Tennessee professor Glenn Reynolds aka "Instapundit", however it reinstituted his account shortly after.

Speaking to the Daily Caller, Spencer said the move is "is corporate Stalinism." In a YouTube video, entitled Knight of the Long Knives, an apparent reference to the purge of Nazi leaders in 1934 to consolidate Adolf Hitler's power, Spencer said Twitter had engaged in a coordinated effort to wipe out alt-right Twitter.

"I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt right," he said. "There is a great purge going on and they are purging people based on their views."

Spencer said he supported Yiannopoulos and didn't think he should have been banned from Twitter. But, he said in his YouTube video, "Milo was engaging in something that could be called harassment."

"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."

In response to a USA Today query, Twitter declined to comment on the suspensions, which included the accounts of Paul Town, Pax Dickinson, Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers.

"We don't comment on individual accounts, for privacy and security reasons," the company said in an emailed comment.

Twitter was the platform of choice for the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump and the alt-right political movement that embraced him. According to USA Today, "the alt-right used social media to spread its cause of white supremacy, operating largely unchecked by social media giants Twitter and Facebook."

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JRobby's picture

Stop Tweeting


SomethingSomethingDarkSide's picture

Noes!  I have come to appreciate the Twitterverse..  maybe just axe Dorsey and run it like a true unbiased commentary site?  :D

El Vaquero's picture

Apparently, there was a backlash, where a lot of people went and reported people on Twitter for using the #fuckwhitepeople hashtag and got them banned too. I haven't verified this, but I imagine that the hypocrisy must sting.

Infocat's picture

The Online war continues. We should not loose faith. They can't shut down the entire internet, at least not yet.

AllTimeWhys's picture


roxyNL's picture


Alt right will soon be categorized as terrorist group, They need just a small attack revendicated by them !

The big question is will it be done by trump or the next administration.



PrayingMantis's picture


... social media censorship is one reason I don't have any of these social media fucked-up interactions to waste my time ... no facebook, no twitter, no instagram, and other stupid SMedia timewasters ...

also, no cable tv, no local and lamestream media tv ... just internet and kodi ;) ... and I'm well-informed of what's happening foreign and domestic ...

... if I need to know what's going on, I visit plain old reliable outlets on the internet like RT, ZH, AJones, WND, Breitbart, TruePundit, Liveleak (for uncensored videos) and other reliable alternative news outlets ... and most certainly, no Clinton's N-word Network ... CNN is only for the DNC (Dindu Nuffin Club) retards ...

... flame off ...

Notveryamused's picture

Has there ever been a better time to short Twitter?
In the coming months Trump will say 'Too many monopolies in the social media space, we need to incentivise competition... Blah, blah, various measures, blah..' Twitter crashes.

Manthong's picture

..never twitted

..never followed

..never facebarfed

Now I see even more reason to not pay attention to the bastardized social media.

gladih8r's picture

They are purging "alt-right" and leaving behind "alt-wrong".

Got it.  Thx for the heads-up - will consider that next time I go to use Twitter.... in the alt-never universe.

nmewn's picture

At least Shitwitter is banning the accounts of those worthless rioters as well!!!  ;-)

BabaLooey's picture

I foresee an alternate version of Twatter - coming soon.

TwitTwat, Fartfraud, and the rest of tard-media are dead; they just don't know it yet.

Trump uses Twitter brilliantly. He'll jump ship as soon as Bannon and the thinkers come up with something better.

THEN watch Twatter fold like a lawn chair.

prefan4200's picture

Never twittered or tweeted or whatever the fuck it is, never will.  Fuck twitter.

poeg's picture

Once Trump is in then their cover from America's aesthetics patents has a chance at flaming out. Apple too is crapping a brick over such.

TomJoad's picture

There has already been an alternative for a while, all the fun kids are there.



Keyser's picture

I wonder if they banned Trump's account considering he is the leader of the alt-right... I can't wait for the new AG to investigate Twitter for their politically motivated suppression of free speech... What goes around comes around, bitch... 

Yukon Cornholius's picture

Twitter is not congress and therefore FOS does not apply.

Yukon Cornholius's picture

When money is the name of the game, they are all lying too you. Right, centre, left.

Believe none of what you hear and half of what you see.

Antifaschistische's picture

Here's my problem.

Twitter, a private institution has the right to deny access, or can we say "virtually" deny entrance into their "site", and deny "freedom of expression" on their site.....because....they are a private institution?

Yet...if you own a restaurant.  Which is undeniably more "private" than twitter with its millions of members.   As the owner of that restaurant, you can NOT do the same.  You are prohibitted from denying access or service to anyone in anyway.   You can't say, because you're a "Hillary supporter" you can only order off the breakfast menu. 

So....I support Twitters position ONLY if this position is allowed equally across ALL privately owned organizations.

Let's revisit the laws on private ownership and the right to deny service and entrance.  (and let's include cake makers who would rather not bake a cake for a transgender wedding)

mkkby's picture

All of these media companies are businesses providing you with a FREE SERVICE.  Did you really think they owed you anything at all? 

If they don't want your business, they have the right to just cancel your service.  Just like the dry cleaner down the street.  Here is your money back, and please leave the premises.

If you don't like it, buy it or build your own.


Four chan's picture

seems like just yesterday cnbc reporters were bribed and ordered to push

this app live on air a thousand times a day. oh how the mighty have fallen,

the listing twitter can sink beneath the waves now.

glenlloyd's picture

This sounds to me like another case of sore loser...

The twitter snowflakes started crying so all they could do was try to appease them by deleting the accounts of people who use logic and common sense?

canisdirus's picture

They've already got hired thugs claiming they're "Trump supporters" harassing/attacking Muslims, blacks, Mexicans, and gays.

I wish we could jettison or exterminate the filth that is funding and driving this.

chubbar's picture

Let me take a stab at that, perhaps because Obama is the father of ISIS?

PT's picture

You will know them by who they do not ban from Twitter.  Or Facebook.

Dead Canary's picture

This is good. It means the Elitist, globalist, socialist, butt wipe, mother loving, bull buggering neo-con dumb fucks are running scared.

mkkby's picture

Every president since Reagan has supported terrorists.  They've given support to any group that opposes a gov they don't like.  Even arming drug cartels.  ISIS is merely one of the most recent.

The media has never been honest.  War sells advertising.  That applies to race wars as well.

Time we all grow up and realize some facts.  Both political parties are for the very same corps and against the people.  The media is the propaganda machine.  When you argue for the red team or the blue team, you are being taken for a sucker.


GunnerySgtHartman's picture

Because ISIS is part of Twitter's Middle East marketing unit.  ;-)

migra's picture

Twitter likes ISIS. Conservatives.. not so much.

migra's picture

Twitter likes ISIS. Conservatives.. not so much.

Mr. Bones's picture

If it isn't abundantly clear, we're in the midst of a culture war.  The left feels backed in to a digital corner because of their recent meat space loss, so they are striking back.  They have to walk a fine line to preserve their legitimacy (profitability exists in the real world), but people can't be surprised by the response.

DeadFred's picture

Have a bit of patience. Anyone want to bet Google and Facebook will be facing much deserved anti-trust cases in the near future? Their recent stock moves seem to suggest I'm not the only one who wonders about this.

Urahara's picture

As Trump would say, ISIS is "good people."

VinceFostersGhost's picture



Purge them hell!!!


Round them up......and put them in the boxcars!


Good thing they kept those German Camps pristine.....we might be able to use them again.

Mr. Universe's picture

Sorry Tyler but you really missed it with this one.

Twitter removed the account of Milo Yiannopoulos, an outspoken editor at Breitbart in July. He had engaged in a campaign of abuse in which hundreds of anonymous Twitter accounts bombarded Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones with racist and sexist taunts.

Seriously? Were you even paying attention to what Ms. Jones was writing and compare it to what Milo was doing?

ThanksChump's picture

But but but...

Milo thought the new Ghostbusters movie sucked. He even said so. Outright. Those very words.

What about the actress's 69th Amendment right to not be disappointed or let down???


/s for the feebs

King Tut's picture
King Tut (not verified) Mr. Universe Nov 16, 2016 10:34 AM

Milo Y in no way represents the conservative alt-right or anything remotely to do with conservatism.

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

He just has a few extra victim points for being 'gay and proud' and apparently 'dating' interracially.  A day will come where others, with fewer victim points (such as a straight white male) will gather the courage to say the exact things Milo is saying.

Akzed's picture

They were barely even used.

USisCorrupt's picture

I still don't have a Twitter account, am I missing anything?

VinceFostersGhost's picture



am I missing anything?


Yeah.....Stockholm Syndrome.

Bollixed's picture

Well, when one has a good bowel movement the twitterverse is definitely the broadcast platform of choice...

DeadFred's picture

I think there must be an app that will post it automatically...

cowdiddly's picture

No you are missing absolutely nothing.

There is a reason twitter can't find a buyer. Its Worthless

Herd Redirection Committee's picture

Snowflake: "Someone is saying things I don't like!  MOM!"

Overheard in Twitter HQ: "What if, now bear with me, we CENSOR those who make 'offensive' comments?  What could go wrong?"