Platform bars rightwing ‘western chauvinist’ group for violating its policy against violent extremists

Twitter suspended numerous accounts associated with the rightwing “western chauvinist” group the Proud Boys on Friday, the eve of the anniversary of the deadly Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville.

Verified accounts belonging to the group and its founder, Gavin McInnes, were suspended for violating the platform’s policy against “violent extremist groups”, a company spokeswoman confirmed. A number of non-verified accounts for various Proud Boys chapters were also suspended.

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