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Twitter suspends far-right British figure retweeted by Trump

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A far-right British activist who gained prominence after President Trump retweeted her anti-Muslim tweets in November had her Twitter account suspended on Monday as part of the social network’s effort to crack down on hate speech.

Jayda Fransen, the deputy leader of far-right British group Britain First, saw her account suspended as part of a Twitter-wide crackdown on hate gorups.

In November, President Trump retweeted three videos from Fransen’s account that purported to show Muslims committing acts of violence.

Fransen’s account, along with others connected to Britain First, now appear to be suspended.

{mosads}Trump’s retweets prompted lawmakers in the U.S. and U.K. to speak out against Trump and Britain First, with several British lawmakers calling for his state visit to the country to be canceled.

After the Dutch Embassy disputed the veracity of one of the videos Trump retweeted, the White House defended Trump’s actions, saying that it “doesn’t matter” if the videos are real or not because the “threat is real.”

Twitter has faced scrutiny for providing “verified” status to those involved with alt-right and neo-Nazi groups, but said earlier this month that it would begin suspending accounts or taking away verification on Monday for accounts that ”promote violence against civilians.”

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