“While Facebook battles with its fake news problem, Twitter is dealing with a different problem: fake accounts set up by the alt-right.
White supremacist website the Daily Stormer claims that it has already created thousand of what it refers to as “fake black person” accounts to troll Twitter and confuse its users. It is now urging its readers to do the same in retaliation for Twitter suspending high-profile rightwing users.
“We’ve got a big campaign coming up,” said Andrew Anglin, the founder of the Daily Stormer, in a post. “Twitter is about to learn what happens when you mess with Republicans.”
Here are Anglin’s instructions for creating a fake account: “Just go on black Twitter and see what they look like, copy that model. Start filling it with rap videos and booty-shaking or whatever else these blacks post.
A number of alt-right Twitter users – including white nationalist Richard Spencer, former Business Insider CTO Pax Dickinson and alt-right personalities Ricky Vaughn and John Rivers – have had their accounts suspended for breaching the policy.
In a YouTube video complaining about his suspension from Twitter, Spencer described the “great purge” as “corporate Stalinism”.
“I am alive physically, but digitally speaking, there have been execution squads across the alt-right,” he said.
He told his readers that “further orders will follow shortly”.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.”*
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Twitter has suspended the accounts of a number of people associated with the alt-right movement who advocate white nationalism and who supported President-elect Donald Trump.
Among those whose accounts have been suspended is Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, which identifies itself as an “organization dedicated to the heritage, identity, and future of people of European descent in the United States, and around the world.”
The Twitter account for the institute and its online magazine, RadixJournal.com, were also suspended.
“I am alive physically, but digitally speaking there have been execution squads across the alt-right,” Spencer said in a video he posted to YouTube. “It is corporate Stalinism. There is a great purge going on, and they are purging people based on their views.”
Others whose accounts have been suspended include Pax Dickinson, founder of alt-right site Wesearchr; an alt-right internet personality who goes by the fake name Ricky Vaughn; and blogger Paul Town, who describes himself as “the leading thoughtleader of alt-right.”