How Twitter’s Alt-Right Purge Fell Short

The stage had been set for some serious internet drama on Monday. In mid-November, Twitter responded to years of criticism for letting sexual and racial harassment and “hateful” imagery go unchecked – while providing a big, free platform to the alt-right – by rolling out new policies that would be enforced come December 18. While Twitter didn’t say that it was targeting far-right extremists, it didn’t have to: The new policies took explicit aim at hate imagery – “logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin,” as the company put it – and proscribed not only “specific threats of violence,” but even mere association with “groups that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.”