A day after ranting about social media censorship, Trump retweets conspiracy site InfoWars and a far-right personality ‘at the precipice of outright white nationalism’

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A day after ranting about social media censorship, Trump retweets conspiracy site InfoWars and a far-right personality ‘at the precipice of outright white nationalism’

President Donald Trump used his Twitter bullhorn to bring several lesser-known far-right activists and conspiracy theory accounts to an audience of millions Saturday morning, retweeting unverified accounts called “Deep State Exposed” and Canadian far-right activist Lauren Southern.

Less than a full day after ranting against conservative censorship on Twitter, Trump tweeted more than a dozen times Saturday morning, retweeting the accounts of Infowars Paul Joseph Watson and Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk, who mostly tweeted praise of the President or criticism of social media censorship.

But the President also spread the message of Southern, a 23-year-old Canadian with views the Southern Poverty Law Center described as being “at the precipice of outright white nationalism.”

Southern, who wrote a book titled “Barbarians: How Baby Boomers, Immigrants, and Muslims Screwed My Generation,” criticized more moderate conservatives celebrating the expulsion of far-right personalities.

She ended the tweet with the “A-OK” emoji, which has been co-opted by the alt-Right — a characterization which she has denied.

The President also retweeted videos from Infowars, a website that frequently pushes conspiracy theories. The founder, Alex Jones, was one of the people banned by Facebook Friday, along with his website, Watson, alt-right speakers Milo Yiannopoulos and Laura Loomer, and anti-semite Louis Farrakhan.

Facebook’s decision to remove the accounts is powerful, as deplatforming has been an effective measure in reducing the exposure and spread of misinformation. Yiannopoulos has gone into millions of dollars worth of debt and canceled several speaking tours after his removal from several platforms.

Twitter, which has been applauded for its ability to remove propaganda from ISIS quickly and effectively, has struggled to do the same with white nationalist content. A recent report from Motherboard read that Twitter’s struggles in doing so are tied to the fact that an all-out ban of white nationalist content like it does for ISIS posts and videos would result in the suspension and deletion of Republican politicians’ accounts.

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