Twitter shutters accounts of US white supremacy website

Updated 17 August 2017
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Twitter shutters accounts of US white supremacy website

SAN FRANCISCO: Twitter Inc. on Wednesday suspended accounts linked to the neo-Nazi website Daily Stormer, keeping up pressure from Silicon Valley on white supremacists after weekend violence in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Twitter said it would not discuss individual accounts, but at least three accounts affiliated with the Daily Stormer led to pages saying “account suspended.”
The San Francisco-based social network prohibits violent threats, harassment and hateful conduct and “will take action on accounts violating those policies,” the company said in a statement.
Larger rival Facebook Inc, which unlike Twitter explicitly prohibits hate speech, has taken down several pages from Facebook and Instagram in recent days that it said were associated with hate speech or hate organizations.
Daily Stormer founder Andrew Anglin could not immediately be reached for comment.
The white supremacist website helped organize the weekend rally in Charlottesville where a 32-year-old woman was killed and 19 people were injured when a man plowed a car into a crowd protesting the white nationalist gathering.
Hundreds of people packed a historic theater in Charlottesville on Wednesday to remember the woman, Heather Heyer. Colleagues remembered Heyer, a paralegal, as being devoted to social justice.
The Daily Stormer has been accessible only intermittently the past few days after domain providers GoDaddy Inc. and Alphabet Inc’s Google Domains said they would not serve the website.
By Wednesday, Daily Stormer had moved to a Russia-based Internet domain, with an address ending in .ru. Later in the day, though, the site was no longer accessible at that address.
Facebook confirmed on Monday that it took down the event page that was used to promote and organize the “Unite the Right” rally, saying it was “actively removing any posts that glorify the horrendous act committed in Charlottesville.”
On Wednesday, Facebook said it had removed accounts belonging to Chris Cantwell, a web commentator who has described himself as a white nationalist and said on his site that he had attended the Charlottesville rally. Cantwell’s YouTube account also appeared to have been terminated.
Cantwell could not immediately be reached for comment.


Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

This is the final verdict, my fight is over, wrote Krauthammer on June 8. (Corpus Christi Caller-Times via AP)
Updated 22 June 2018
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Conservative U.S. commentator Charles Krauthammer dies

  • Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other US newspapers
  • The cause of death was cancer of the small intestine

WASHINGTON: Pulitzer Prize winner Charles Krauthammer, who gave up a psychiatric career to become one of the leading conservative political commentators in the US media, died on Thursday at the age of 68, the Washington Post and Fox News said.
Krauthammer was a fixture on the Fox News Channel as well as on editorial pages of the Washington Post and other US newspapers.
His work had been curtailed since having an abdominal tumor removed last August and in an open letter on June 8 he said doctors told him that he had only a few weeks to live due to a recurrence of the cancer. “This is the final verdict,” he wrote. “My fight is over.”
The cause of death was cancer of the small intestine, his son, Daniel Krauthammer, told the Post.
Less than a month earlier, Krauthammer had told a Fox colleague that the worst appeared to be behind him.
Krauthammer, who in 1972 was left paralyzed from the neck down after a swimming pool accident while attending Harvard Medical School, was known for a dour expression, wry humor and sharp intellect.
He was a regular on Fox’s weeknight show “Special Report,” and also wrote a column that was syndicated to hundreds of newspapers.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of our colleague and friend ... A gifted doctor and brilliant political commentator, Charles was a guiding voice throughout his time with Fox News and we were incredibly fortunate to showcase his extraordinary talent on our programs,” Suzanne Scott, CEO of Fox News, said in a statement.
Krauthammer gave mixed reviews to President Donald Trump, questioning his “loud and bombastic” approach to the job and calling him a charlatan while praising actions such as withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and nominating Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
He had been a leading critic of President Barack Obama and what Krauthammer perceived as his “social democratic agenda,” while supporting George W. Bush’s intervention in the Middle East. He also liked President Ronald Reagan’s stand against communism and popularized the term “Reagan Doctrine” to describe it.
Krauthammer was born in New York City on March 13, 1950, and grew up there and in Montreal, Canada. During his 14-month recovery from the diving accident, Krauthammer kept up his studies from his hospital bed and graduated on schedule from medical school in 1975. He then worked as a psychiatrist at Massachusetts General Hospital, also studying manic depression.
In 1978, Krauthammer moved to Washington to work in psychiatric research for the administration of Jimmy Carter, who he later would call a failed president, and drifted away from psychiatry. He became a speechwriter for Carter’s vice president, Walter Mondale, before writing opinion pieces for The New Republic and Time magazine.
He joined the Washington Post and won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary in 1987. In 2006, the Financial Times named him the most influential commentator in the United States.
“I leave this life with no regrets,” Krauthammer wrote in his farewell statement. “It was a wonderful life ... I am sad to leave but I leave with the knowledge that I lived the life that I intended.”
In a Fox News special about his life, Krauthammer said he never dwelled on the day he hit the bottom of a swimming pool with his head, severing his spinal cord.
“I made one promise to myself on day one — I was not going to allow it to alter my life,” he said. “On the big things in life, the direction of my life, what I was going to do, that wouldn’t change at all.”
Besides his son, Krauthammer is survived by his wife, Robyn, who he met while studying at Oxford before medical school.