Anti-Racist Actions Being Taken By Social Media

A Canadian teenager who committed suicide last week after years of bullying has resulted in renewed vigilance to stop online bullying. Another social media giant, Twitter, made history today when it used a new tool to block account creation by neo-Nazi group Besseres Hannover. The block came after a request by Lower Saxony authorities asked Twitter to close the group’s account and disallow future accounts that may be requested by them.

Twitter’s tool allows for the blockage of content in a country which deems it illegal, but allows the content to be visible to other users via an internet service providers Philadelphia or other connection. In Germany, there are strict laws which prohibit any symbols or slogans of the Nazi era from being used. However, the group’s web site was hosted in the United States.