Earlier this week, Twitter shuttered the accounts apparently belonging to white supremacy, Neo-Nazi, and alt-right members. This has led white supremacists to protest against this perceived crackdown by Twitter.
Creating “fake black accounts” to protest
To protest, white supremacists are now reportedly planning to create “fake black accounts.” For this purpose, Andrew Anglin of the Neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer called for a misinformation campaign, asking readers to create fake accounts on the platform, reports The Next Web.
In a blog post, Anglin says, “When you have time, create a fake black person account. Just go on black Twitter and see what they look like, copy that model. Start filling it with rap videos and booty-shaking or whatever else these blacks post. Read through their posts to get an idea of how they post. You need to be able to post in a manner which is indistinguishable from normal black tweeters.”
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Such a move is likely for the purpose of widening the racial divide in the country. To do this, the group will use troll accounts that will presumably bear a lot of resemblance to the racially-driven stereotypes of black people than African Americans themselves, notes TNW.
The incident is really sad, but expecting proper dialogue or a discussion with a site featuring headlines like “Dumb Old Jew Bitch Barbara Boxer Introduces Bill to End Electoral College?” or “Jesse Jackson Says Pardon Hillary, She Dindu Nuffin Muffuguh,” is actually too much, says TNW.
Anglin claims that the group currently has more than 1,000 fake accounts. Though that’s not much, the pace at which his post is spreading on white supremacy and other alt-right websites is noticeable.
Twitter CEO apologizes for a white supremacist ad
An ad promoting a white supremacist group created a huge uproar on Twitter recently, spurring an apology from CEO Jack Dorsey on Thursday.
“We made a mistake here and we apologize. Our automated system allowed an ad promoting hate. Against our policy. We did a retro and fixed,” he tweeted.
The ad showed eight white children in a field and had the title “’New Article: The United States Was Founded as a White People’s Republic’ on NEW ORDER website.” It was tweeted from an account with the handle “@NEW_ORDER_1488.”
On Thursday, Twitter shares closed down 0.43% at $18.55. Year to date, the stock is down almost 20%, while in the last year, it is down more than 26%.