Earlier this year, Twitter announced a new device and a policy of weeding out and removing offensive content from its site if a foreign government requested it.
Thursday, the company tweeted that it's done so for the first time — blocking a neo-Nazi group's account in Germany. Today, Twitter withheld another account — this one in Britain, belonging to a right-wing member of the European Parliament who tweeted support for discrimination against gays. Government officials are investigating both cases.
In the first case, as The Guardian writes, a German official sent a letter notifying Twitter that a right-wing group that called itself Better Hanover had been banned for their neo-Nazi views and anarchistic hate speech. But the group was still spewing xenophobic, neo-Nazi rhetoric with its Twitter account and the government wanted it stopped.
"It is disbanded, its assets are seized and all its accounts in social networks have to be closed immediately," the letter said, according to Der Spiegel. The group is being investigated on suspicions that it sent a threatening video to Lower Saxony's conservative minister of social affairs, who has Turkish roots. Although the government shut it down, it had continued to tweet its neo-Nazi, xenophobic rhetoric, German officials said.