Twitter has banned the account of an extremist neo-Nazi group, following a request by German authorities.
Using a feature introduced earlier this year, Twitter worked with German authorities to ban the Twitter account of neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover (Better Hannover). Twitter's decision marks the first time that the company has censored a user following a request from governmental authorities.
[Twitter] never wants to withhold content [but its] good to have tools to do it narrowly and transparently," said Twitter's general counsel Alex Macgillivray in a tweet.
Late last month police from Hannover, Germany sent a letter to Twitter asking that the company block the account of neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover. Twitter decided to comply with the request and censoring the neo-Nazi group's account a few weeks later.
Twitter pointed to a policy it implemented last January to justify its decision. The company's "Country Withheld Content" policy allows countries to request that Twitter take down posts which violate local laws. In the case of Besseres Hannover, German law outlaws the use of Nazi slogans and symbols.
Twitters ban of the group's account only affects Twitter's German site. Users outside of Germany are still able to see posts from the racially-charged extremist group.
Besseres Hannover is a neo-Nazi group based in the lower Saxony region of Germany. According to the BBC, the group has been accused of threatening local immigrants and disrupting racist's pamphlets at German schools.
This isn't the first time Twitter policies have made headlines. Twitter reportedly gave New York authorities access to a user account suspected of sending out death threats early this year.
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