Twitter Bans Proud Boys' Accounts Ahead of 'Unite the Right' Rally

By Kate Hadley — Published August 12, 2018

Twitter Bans Proud Boys' Accounts Ahead of 'Unite the Right' Rally

Multiple Proud Boys' accounts reportedly broke rules against promoting violence which resulted in a Twitter ban on Friday. Twitter confirmed that it has banned accounts of the self-defined "Western chauvinist" group for breaking rules set by the social media company which prohibit "violent extremist groups."

It is no surprise that this extreme right-wing group has more than one twitter account and Twitter has decided to shut down the main account @ProudBoysUSA, Gavin McInnes's account who is the group's founder and other regional accounts such as California, Georgia and Washington D.C too. Gavin McInnes is also one of the co-founders of Vice Magazine alongside Vice Media's current executive chairman Shane Smith in 1994.  

Twitter is yet to confirm exactly which move resulted in taking the decision to close these accounts however it occurred after an aggressive protest in Portland, Oregon and ahead of the right-wing rally, 'Unite the Right' which will be going ahead today in Washington. This rally marks the anniversary of the notorious demonstration held in Charlottesville, Virginia, last year which saw the death of Heather Heyer, 32 after a man decided to ram his car into a group protesting against the cause. Proud Boy members are no stranger to far-right rallies to which they are known for attending alongside neo-Nazi members dressed stereotypically dressed in Fred Perry shirts and body armor and before being removed on Friday, the cover photo of the official page featured a Proud Boy punching a counter-protester.

Jack Dorsey, Twitter CEO has been under scrutiny recently for failing to suspend far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. YouTube, Apple, and Facebook have already banned Jones form their social media platforms following his Infowars scandal, however, Dorsey has defended himself by arguing that Jones hadn't violated Twitter policies.

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