Twitter Suspends Neo-Nazi Account in Germany

It's the first time Twitter has used its new censorship policy
By Liam Carnahan,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2012 12:35 PM CDT
FILE - In this Sept. 25, 2012 file picture a police officers shows a confiscated Nazi flag at a press conference in Hanover, Germany after it was found at the Nazi group "Besseres Hannover.   (AP Photo/dapd/ Alexander Koerner/Hannoversche Allgemeine Zeitunung, File)

(Newser) – Twitter has blocked the account of a German neo-Nazi group known as Besseres Hannover, prompted by a request from Berlin. Their tweets will still be visible in other countries, but not within Germany, reports the BBC. The move is the first time Twitter has enacted its local-censorship policy, which it rolled out in January. A Twitter rep announced the decision (via Twitter) along with a link to a letter from German feds urging them to close the accounts of the now-disbanded group. "Never want to withhold content; good to have tools to do it narrowly and transparently," the tweet read. (Read more Twitter stories.)

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