Twitter shuts down fake Antifa account linked to white nationalists, misinformation tied to George Floyd protests spreads
Twitter has said it disabled an account linked to a white nationalist group which was posing as Antifa and encouraging violence in white, residential neighborhoods around the country.
As misinformation swelled in the Twittersphere during nighttime rioting in Washington, D.C., the social media giant said it was also investigating the #DCblackout hashtag, after thousands of tweets on the thread suggested the U.S. government was blocking cell service for those demanding justice for George Floyd, preventing them from making calls or posting online.
Those claims have been debunked by Twitter, cell phone carriers Verizon and AT&T, officials and even Black Lives Matter DC. A representative for Twitter said Monday that the platform has suspended an account called "ANTIFA_US" after finding it actually has ties to the white nationalist group Identity Evropa.