Twitter reinstates account of Richard Spencer, white supremacist

Twitter has reinstated the account of Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who last month hosted a convention in Washington where people celebrating the victory of Donald Trump performed Nazi salutes.

Last month, as Twitter rolled out new tools in another of its many attempts to combat online abuse, it suspended an unspecified number of accounts belonging to white nationalists. The move, which affected Spencer’s personal account as well as others he’s associated with, led Spencer to complain of “corporate Stalinism.”

Over the weekend and this morning, after the restoration of his personal account, Spencer has been tweeting away.

Twitter says the account of Spencer, who leads a group called The National Policy Institute — which says it’s “dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States and around the world” and has helped popularize “alt right,” a milder term for white supremacy  — was suspended because Spencer had too many accounts.

“Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses,” a Twitter spokesman said in an email to SiliconBeat Monday. “When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement.”

Spencer tweeted Saturday that he’s working on getting other Twitter accounts reinstated, but an email Twitter sent to Spencer included the following: “Please select one account for restoration; the others will remain suspended.”

Spencer’s reinstated account also retained the blue checkmark, a symbol that lends legitimacy to the accounts of celebrities, media figures and others. Spencer’s account was verified before its suspension.

The reinstatement of Spencer’s account comes as Twitter deals with calls for it to suspend President-elect Trump, whose tweets have been seen as abusive and dangerous — for the people Trump targets. However, those pushing for a Trump ban probably shouldn’t hold their breath; Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently said he found Trump’s use of Twitter “important,” “fascinating” and “complicated.”

Spencer’s tweets post-suspension include commentary on race, “Hillary-type women” and Trump cabinet picks, as well as links to articles from right-wing websites.

In the offline world, Spencer drew protesters last week when he spoke at Texas A&M University, where he reportedly said “at the end of the day, America belongs to white men.”

Photo: Demonstrators hold signs as they chant outside the venue where Richard Spencer, who leads a movement that mixes racism, white nationalism and populism, was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University on Dec. 6, 2016, in College Station, Texas. (David J. Phillip/AP)


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  • A reminder and a warning to the American people. Guys like Spencer, Duke, and other alleged racists, are not the threat that major media makes them out to be. The threat comes from the big corporate media that’s controlled by the big industrial and military contractors, i.e. the people who build the bombs and missiles. They own the major media, who are their mouthpieces. When Hitler came to power, the first thing he did was lynch Ernst Rohm, the leader of the trouble-making SA, then he arrested or dispersed the remaining members. The “really bad” racism came later, based on reclassification of part of the German population as non-German, or people who would “interfere” with German progress. Today, the major media would have you believe that Trump is the big threat, and indeed, his administration *could be* a threat to freedom long-term. But in the meantime, the $20 trillion debt and the presence of a couple million hardcore criminal aliens who enforce the drug and human trafficing in the big cities – those are very serious and immediate threats to freedom, and just try to imagine a financial collapse with millions of people trapped in the cities without food delivery. Don’t think it will be like 1929, because then nearly everyone had access to food, from their own farms and gardens to many others in the same neighborhoods. Those don’t exist today.