In World First, Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany

In World First, Twitter Blocks Neo-Nazi Account in Germany

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Using its country-specific content-blocking tool for the first time, Twitter has shut down access to a neo-Nazi group’s account in Germany.

“Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly & transparently,” Alex Macgillivray, Twitter’s general counsel, tweeted. “We announced the ability to withhold content back in Jan. We’re using it now for the first time re: a group deemed illegal in Germany.” Dirk Hensen, a spokesman for Twitter, told The Associated Press that the account @hannoverticker has been blocked only in Germany, where its content is considered illegal. Twitter’s content-blocking tool is designed to enable the micro-blogging site to remove illegal content in a particular country, while allowing it to remain available for everyone else.

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