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.
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.
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.
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