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Twitter banned verified alt-right accounts after promising a crackdown on hate speech

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On Tuesday, Twitter touted new features to combat harassment and gave users a more direct way to report abuse and hate speech. By Wednesday morning, several prominent accounts tied to the alt-right -- many of them verified -- were banned, USA Today reports.

One of the most well-known names was Richard Spencer, who runs the National Policy Institute, an "organization dedicated to the heritage, identity and future of people of European descent." Both Spencer's personal handle (@RichardBSpencer) and the institute's (@NPIamerica) were suspended.

Spencer's supporters criticized what they saw as censorship.

The Knight Of Long Knives

WATCH  | Spencer compared Twitter's alt-right bans to the "Night of the Long Knives," a sweep of executions by the Nazi Party to solidify Adolf Hitler's power, in the YouTube video above.

I am alive physically but digitally speaking there has been execution squads across the alt-right.
Richard Spencer

In an interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Spencer called the bans "corporate Stalinism."

Twitter declined USA Today's requests for comment, saying it does not comment on individual accounts.

Here's a screenshot of the new function to report hate speech.

Some users thought Twitter was cracking down only on one side of the political aisle.

Here's an example of the above.

Do Twitter's bans go too far?

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