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Twitter Suspends Account of Neo-Nazi Site Daily Stormer

August 16, 2017, 5:52 PM UTC

Twitter has suspended the account of neo-Nazi site The Daily Stormer, marking the latest setback for the organizer of the recent Charlottesville, Va. march, during which a counter-protester was killed and several injured.

Anyone trying to access the Daily Stormer Twitter account now gets a message saying that it has been suspended, but without any specific reasons about why. In general, Twitter’s terms of service prohibit abusive behavior and the incitement of violence, although the company is frequently criticized for failing to do enough to curb such posts.

Twitter declined to comment specifically about suspending the Daily Stormer account or why it waited until now to do so. But it said, more broadly, that its rules “prohibit violent threats, harassment, hateful conduct, and multiple account abuse, and we will take action on accounts violating those policies.”

The move by Twitter follows on the heels of GoDaddy’s and Google’s decision to revoke the registration for the Daily Stormer’s Internet domain. The move briefly took the Daily Stormer’s site offline before the owners reestablished the site on the so-called dark web, which is not indexed by search engines and can only be reached using special browsers.

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Google’s YouTube video service has also terminated the Daily Stormer’s account due to “multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.”

Update (Aug. 16, 2017 at 2:30 pm): This story was updated with a comment from Twitter.