World Bulletin / News Desk
Britain First leader Paul Golding and deputy leader Jayda Fransen’s verified accounts were unavailable as of Monday afternoon. The organization’s main account, @BritainFirstHQ, has also been suspended.
Other right-wing groups such as the English Defence league and Europe’s far-right Generation Identity have also had their accounts permanently suspended.
The social networking service has come under increasing criticism for not doing enough to target online hate speech and abuse and has been accused of providing a platform for such hate groups.
The new terms and conditions, which were leaked in October but announced in November, are part of a two-year campaign to combat and counteract malicious and inappropriate content, according to Chief Executive Jack Dorsey.
The new rules forbid users from affiliating themselves with groups or organizations that promote hate crimes and abuse as well as taking into account offline activity.
Besides forbidding hate speech, Twitter has also prohibited users from using “hateful images or symbols”, and a breach of any of the new rules will lead to a permanent suspension.
“We’ve updated our rules around abuse and hateful conduct as well as violence and physical harm. These changes will be enforced starting December 18,” Twitter said in a statement.
Fransen and her group Britain First attained global attention when U.S. President Donald Trump retweeted a series of anti-Islamic and inflammatory videos she posted last month. She and Golding were held in custody and summoned to court hearings in Belfast earlier this week on charges of hate speech and behavior that was intended to stir up hatred and division.
American Civil Liberties Union granted request to halt deportations for one week after reunification
Trump declared that US-Russian relations have turned a corner after a summit with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin that he described as "open, direct and deeply productive".
Operation is aimed at restoring confidence after last year’s illegitimate poll on Kurdish regional independence
The U.S. State Department is negotiating a potential deal to sell Turkey the Raytheon Co Patriot missile defense system as an alternative to the Russian-made S-400 system Turkey has agreed to purchase, an official said on Monday.
ISIL still maintains a limited presence in northern and western Iraq
90 more migrants in critical condition found inside shipping containers
Obama arrived in his father's native Kenya on Sunday, where he paid courtesy calls on President Uhuru Kenyatta and main opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Tensions have steadily mounted in southern Iraqi province over unemployment and lack of basic services
Speaking in an interview with CBS Evening News conducted on Saturday ahead of his meeting with the Russian leader in Helsinki on Monday, the US president also sought to temper expectations about how much could be achieved.
FETO orchestrated the defeated coup, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured
The protests hit several provinces including Basra, despite Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi announcing fresh funds and pledges of investment for the oil-rich but neglected region.
US director of documentary on FETO-linked schools in US says FETO terrorists spent 18 years spreading false image of group
Basra residents complain of high unemployment and lack of basic services
Ahead of the Helsinki meeting, here is a selection of remarks the two world leaders have made about each other.