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However, given Twitter’s policy, it seems that Spencer’s other alt-right accounts are unlikely to return.

Twitter purged Spencer's account several weeks ago, just as it simultaneously rolled out increased harassment tools and a reaffirmed commitment to its “hateful conduct” policy.

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Saturday, however, Twitter not only reinstated but also re-verified one of the notable alt-right accounts it purged last month.

The account belongs to Richard Spencer, a white supremacist who popularized the term “alt-right” as a controversial name for the group that many believe is meant to obfuscate the racist ideology at the movement’s core.

Twitter has provided to Vox a copy of the email it sent to Spencer about his reinstatement, in which it gave him the option to pick one account, and one only: Hello, As referenced in our November 18, 2016 communication, creating serial and/or multiple accounts with overlapping use is a violation of the Twitter Rules (

Please select one account for restoration; the others will remain suspended.In other words, it seems to be, yet again, one step forward and one step back for a platform that has struggled to find a balance between protecting free speech and protecting its users from hate.Whether you realize it or not, there is only but an illusion of choice when it comes to what technology products and services you can use to communicate, find information, network, and discover news.Its hateful conduct policy makes its stance on Spencer’s racist ideology clear: You may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or disease.We also do not allow accounts whose primary purpose is inciting harm towards others on the basis of these categories.The web is being shaped and influenced by a handful of companies with special interests pushing a very specific agenda.

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