Twitter Bans Violent Antifa-Aligned Group for Radicalizing Militants

Let’s file this one under “This Would Not Have Happened Before Elon Musk.”

Twitter has banned the account of CrimethInc, a far-leftist group known for inciting arson and other forms of political violence on the platform. The move comes after CEO Elon Musk began targeting users who call for violent aggression.

Andy Ngo, editor-at-large for the Post Millennial, tweeted:

Violent extremist #Antifa collective @crimethinc has been suspended at the moment. The international group operates like ISIS: makes propaganda & training material to radicalize militants toward violence. Though the main account was suspended, they operate a dozen other accounts

This move is part of Musk’s effort to reform Twitter’s content moderation policies. He previously indicated that removing child porn being disseminated on the platform is “priority #1.”

“Incitement to violence will result in account suspension,” the CEO said. Other accounts were suspended as a result.

In response, other Antifa-aligned groups threatened to carry out arson attacks on Tesla dealers.

The Post Millennial reported:

In 2021, CrimethInc ran a GoFundMe campaign that amassed thousands of dollars after its mail-order space where extremist texts were printed was destroyed in a fire in downtown Olympia, Washington.

CrimethInc became a prominent Antifa activist group in 2020 in the wake of the BLM riots, which caused upwards of 30 deaths, multiple injuries, and over 1 billion dollars in damage.

What are the odds that this would have happened under Twitter’s previous leadership? Sure, they were gung-ho about banning right-leaning groups. The company’s censorship brigade saw fit to ban former President Donald Trump from the platform for supposedly inciting the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol building. But Antifa accounts, along with others that called for violence, were allowed to remain.

How curious.

The banning of CrimethInc is yet another indicator that under Musk, the company’s policies will be applied consistently, regardless of politics. Political affiliation is not being considered as grounds for suspension or permanent bans, which is the way it should be.

This development is not going to win Musk more friends on the hard left, who overtly or covertly support left-wing violence. Indeed, one user complained that they “have zero incentive to stick around when the ideology I center my whole being around had been silenced” and encouraged people to “switch to #Mastadon.”

But it will be even more interesting when Twitter’s content moderation policy is applied equally even for lesser offenses. This is when leftists will truly feel the heat as they will no longer be able to engage in the type of content that would normally get a conservative censored. We can expect to see even more whining and caterwauling as the reality sets in that they will no longer enjoy the shielding that had under the pre-Musk era.

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