Richard Spencer (AP/David J. Phillip)

White nationalist Richard Spencer is back on Twitter — and verified again!

Twitter says it banned the prominent white nationalist for having multiple accounts, not for his hate-mongering


Brendan Gauthier
December 12, 2016 7:56PM (UTC)

Richard Spencer, the founder of white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute, has not only had his Twitter account reinstated, but is now verified.

Spencer, who coined the term "alt-right," was banned from Twitter last month along with a slew of other white nationalists. His ban specifically stemmed from having too many overlapping accounts — a rule which acts as "a safeguard to help curb dog piling and targeted harassment," according to BuzzFeed.

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"Our rules explicitly prohibit creating multiple accounts with overlapping uses. When we temporarily suspend multiple accounts for this violation, the account owner can designate one account for reinstatement," Twitter told BuzzFeed. "Twitter Rules also prohibit hateful conduct, harassment, and violent threats. We will take action on accounts that violate these policies."

Since being reinstated, Spencer has retweeted an article bemoaning white genocide and tweeted the following:

Despite his prominence in anime Nazi circles, Spencer only recently found the national spotlight after addressing a hundred-some decently-dressed white nationalists at his National Policy Institute's conference at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, D.C., last month. Video of the conference shows a handful of Spencer's followers performing a Nazi salute at the conclusion of Spencer's speech.

Former reality TV star Tila Tequila, who attended the conference, was also pictured giving the salute and was very shortly thereafter banned from Twitter. When reached for comment, Spencer told PBS the salute was "clearly done in a spirit of irony and exuberance."


Brendan Gauthier

Brendan Gauthier is a freelance writer.

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