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Twitter’s alt-right ban: crackdown on hate speech or a step down a slippery slope?




In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
In this photo illustration, the Twitter logo and hashtag '#Ring!' is displayed on a mobile device as the company announced its initial public offering and debut on the New York Stock Exchange.
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Twitter has suspended several accounts belonging to prominent members of the alt-right movement.

One of the banned accounts belongs to Richard Spencer, who is credited with founding the movement with white nationalist leanings.

In a video posted two days ago, Spencer criticized Twitter’s actions as a kind of censorship. “It is corporate Stalinism, in a sense that there is a great purge going on and they’re purging people on the basis of their views,” he says in the video.

The company points to its policy as justification for the suspensions. What do you think of the ban? Would it achieve what Twitter and its supporters intend?

Guests:

Susan Benesch, Director of the nonprofit, Dangerous Speech Project. She is a member of Twitter’s “Trust and Safety Council,” which councils the company on content regulation.

Mathew Ingram, senior writer at Fortune magazine, who has published a piece on the ban this week