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Twitter Suspends Its CEO At Same Time As Alt-Right Purge

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Eric Lieberman Deputy Editor

Twitter suspended the account of its CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey Tuesday, right around the same time a number of alt-right social media profiles have been purged.

“just setting up my twttr…again,” Dorsey posted on his account.

While the discontinuance of Dorsey’s account was only temporarily, and was deemed an “internal mistake” by the CEO himself, it comes at a rather ironic time.

Twitter removed popular social media profiles associated with the alt-right soon after President-elect Donald Trump won the 2016 presidential election. (RELATED: Obama Mocks Trump, Says If He Can’t Handle Twitter, He Can’t Handle Nuclear Codes)

Richard Spencer, president and director of the National Policy Institute, an alt-right think tank primarily focused on white nationalism, had his verified account suspended roughly a week ago. The National Policy Institute recently held a meeting where supporters were seen giving the Nazi salute.

In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation, Spencer said, “Twitter is trying to airbrush the Alt Right out of existence. They’re clearly afraid. They will fail!”

Spencer’s personal account was discontinued on the same day he made appearances on The Daily Show and NPR.

Free speech advocates argue that Twitter shouldn’t be censoring users who post insolent and derogatory comments because it is protected by the First Amendment. Others assert that Twitter should remove what they consider “trolls” because it allows for hate to grow and fester.

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