Far-right group Britain First’s Twitter account has remained online despite complaints from hundreds of Scram community members, and a previous ban from the platform.
The Islamophobic hate group’s account, which they use for press updates, has continued to be active on the platform for the last 10 days. This is despite the fact 270 Scram members have reported the page (follow these steps to report the page yourself).
In 2017, Twitter suspended Britain First’s account, after the social media platform implemented new anti-abuse rules. Leader Paul Golding and then deputy Jayda Fransen’s accounts were also suspended.
But, with a slight rebrand, the account has returned and has slipped through Twitter’s net.
Twitter’s rules state that users are prohibited from “abusive” and “harmful” behaviour. They say that “you may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite others to do so” and “you may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people”.
The rules also say that “you may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so.”
Yet posts on the group’s Twitter account include videos accusing the police of harassment, claiming Muslims are involved in grooming gangs and “patrolling” the borders for migrants.
Twitter’s rules also define abusive behaviour as “encouraging or calling for others to harass an individual or group of people” and “inciting fear about a protected category”, which includes race and religion.
“We prohibit targeting individuals with content intended to incite fear or spread fearful stereotypes about a protected category, including asserting that members of a protected category are more likely to take part in dangerous or illegal activities, e.g., “all [religious group] are terrorists”.
It’s unclear why exactly it’s not a “fearful stereotype” to claim Muslims are involved in grooming gangs, and that migrants corrupt British culture.
With Tommy Robinson joining Toby Young’s free speech union to protect himself from “censorship”, we look forward to seeing if Britain First do the same to remain on Twitter.