BRITAIN First’s leaders have been suspended from Twitter – just a month after Donald Trump retweeted an “anti-Muslim” video post.
Far-right leader Paul Golding and his deputy Jayda Fransen have had their accounts suspended by the social media giant, but reasons have not yet been confirm.The move was confirmed on Twitter this morning.Reasons have not yet been confirmedThis suspension could be the first of many, under Twitter’s new rules to reduce hateful content.
In November, the social media giant revealed plans to enforce rules on abuse, and said any breach would lead to permanent account suspension.
The new guidelines which were set to come into force today prohibit the use of “hateful images or symbols” in user profiles or biographies.
Last month, Twitter was criticised for failing to act on Trump’s three retweets, the third of which, showed a group of men killing a youngster and is titled: “Islamist mob pushes teenage boy off roof and beats him to death.Donald Trump retweeted three video posts showing anti-Islam propaganda
Piers Morgan, who won the Trump-hosted 2008 US Celebrity Apprentice, called for the Republican to delete the posts featuring anti-Islam propaganda videos.
The former CNN host tweeted: “Good morning, Mr President @realDonaldTrump – what the hell are you doing retweeting a bunch of unverified videos by Britain First, a bunch of disgustingly racist far-right extremists? Please STOP this madness & undo your retweets.”
It is not clear whether it was the US President who retweeted the posts and there is speculation that his account may be have been hacked.
Sun Online has contacted Twitter for comment.
Last week, Golding and Fransen were charged with using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour following a rally in Belfast.+
In response to the President’s retweets, Fransen posted her delight at the President’s retweets, writing: “God bless you Trump. God bless America.”
But Jayda was released on bail after a short haring before a district judge in Belfast magistrates court, over comments about Islam on social media.Fransen and GOlding pictured leaving Belfast Magistrates Court last week, after she was released on bail over threatening behaviour charges
Another prominent Trump supporter to criticise the retweets was Paul Joseph Watson – the British Editor at Large of far-right conspiracy website Info Wars.
He posted: “Yeah, someone might want to tell whoever is running Trump’s Twitter account this morning that retweeting Britain First is not great optics.”
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He tweeted: “I hope our Government will condemn far-right retweets by Donald Trump. They are abhorrent, dangerous and a threat to our society.”
A spokesperson for Prime Minister Theresa May eventually did make a statement, slapping down the US President.