Twitter announced in November 2017 it would begin banning accounts affiliated with ‘hate groups’.
In March, former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was banned for violating hate speech rules
The news followed years of criticism from users that the site allowed neo-nazi, white supremacist and other extremist groups to spread abusive messages.
Twitter suspended the accounts of several leaders of the far-right group Britain First in December 2017 for breaking its rules on hate speech.
In March 2018, former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson was banned for violating rules governing ‘hateful conduct’.
The site announced it would soon undertake stronger measures to crack down on online trolls in May.
Despite sweeping bans, the site has come under criticism for not doing enough to purge itself of abusive users.
In July 2018, actor Seth Rogan lashed out at Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey for continuing to verify the accounts of white supremacists.
He tweeted: ‘I’ve been DMing with @Jack about his bizarre need to verify white supremacists on his platform for the last 8 months or so, and after all the exchanges, I’ve reached a conclusion: the dude simply does not seem to give a f**k.’