Twitter has suspended dozens of white nationalist accounts on the platform for spreading a conspiracy theory which inspired the Christchurch shooter and other terrorists. The theory’s name is the “great replacement”, the title of a manifesto posted by Brenton Tarrant right before the Christchurch shooting. Tarrant was reported to be sharing information with the leader of the Austrian branch of Generation Identity, Martin Sellner, who has been banned from entering Britain and the US on security grounds.
Despite widespread calls for action following the March 2019 Christchurch shootings, Sellner along with various leading figures of the network were allowed on Twitter. But more than 50 white nationalist accounts were removed this Friday for violating the company policies in relation to violent extremism.
The action was taken after the report released by the Global Project Against Hate and Extremism which pointed out that Twitter and YouTube had allowed Generation Identity to run “rampant”. The report also mentioned that its core ideology had inspired six fatal attacks since October 2018, in Christchurch, two US synagogues, El Paso, Halle and Hanau in Germany. It looked more like an issue with a time-lag in taking down these accounts and seems more like a big mistake that tech companies must not make again to avoid such situations.