Report: White Nationalist Group Posing As Antifa Called For Violence On Twitter
A white nationalist group created an account on Twitter posing as an “antifa” organization and orchestrated a call for violence, according to NBC News.
Twitter has linked the account to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa and suspended the account after it posted a tweet inciting violence.
The account @ANTIFA_US tweeted as protests were occurring all over the United States in response to George Floyd’s death:
“Tonight’s the night, Comrades,” with a brown raised fist emoji and “Tonight we say 'F--- The City' and we move into the residential areas... the white hoods.... and we take what's ours …”
A Twitter spokesperson told NBC News that the company has previously “taken action against fake accounts engaged in hateful conduct linked to Identity Evropa.”
The antifa movement, a collection of radical groups who are fighting against the far-right and fascism, has been repeatedly targeted by President Trump as the force behind the violence at some protests.
Misinformation has been rife on Twitter regarding the protests over the weekend.
Two hashtags became popular worldwide that insinuated there was an internet “blackout” of protests in Washington, D.C.
Twitter suspended hundreds of accounts boosting the hashtag and removed the trend from its trending topics section, with a Twitter spokesperson saying:
“We're taking action proactively on any coordinated attempts to disrupt the public conversation around this issue. We want trends to promote healthy discussions on Twitter. This means that at times, we may prevent certain content from trending. These include trends that violate the Twitter Rules.”
NetBlocks, a group that monitors internet access worldwide, found no indication of an internet disruption in Washington, D.C.
Victoria Sanchez, a reporter for WJLA, tweeted:
"A lot of people are asking me about a possible #dcblackout. I've been out near the White House since 4 am and haven't experienced any outage."
The spread of misinformation on Twitter is only serving to sow chaos and create confusion during this time of unrest.