Nicholas J. Fuentes, a far-right activist known for leading the so-called “Groyper” movement, has been banned from Twitter for thecompany’s repeated violations of its rules. A spokesperson for from its platform. Twitter prohibits owners of permanently suspended accounts from making new ones. Mr. Fuentes, 22, was a verified before being punted Friday, meaning his profile and posts on the platform bore a blue checkmark badge reserved for only certain accounts of public interest. Close to 139,000 other Twitter accounts followed the Fuentes profile at the time of its suspension.
Posting on rival platform Telegram, Mr. Fuentes alleged there was a connection between his Twitter suspension and a report published the previous day by the Anti-Defamation League. “Nicholas Fuentes is a white supremacist to forge a white nationalist alternative to the mainstream GOP,” the ADL proclaimed in the Thursday report. “The ADL published a report on me, and then I was permanently suspended hours later. That’s what happened,” Mr. Fuentes said on Telegram the following day. The ADL had no immediate public response. Mr. Fuentes attended the infamous “Unite the Right” rally in 2017 in Charlottesville, Virginia, and was more recently outside the U.S. breached it on Jan. 6, the ADL report noted.
The Department of Justice has charged over 500 people with crimes related to the podcast he hosts. “The Groypers is a network of alt-right figures who are vocal supporters of white supremacist and ‘America First’ in the affidavit. YouTube banned the “America First with Nick Fuentes” podcast from its service in early 2020. The -owned platform cited “multiple or severe violations” of its policy against hate speech. Later, in December, Mr. Fuentes was caught on camera leading chants of “Destroy the GOP!” among a crowd of fellow protesting in downtown Washington, D.C. Mr. Secor, a college student when the riot occurred on Jan. 6, faces ten counts, including civil disorder and assaulting, resisting, or impeding certain officers. He has to all charges.. Mr. Fuentes is not among them, but his name has nonetheless appeared in a related . A footnote to an affidavit filed in in February against one of the riot suspects, Christian Secor, referenced Mr. Fuentes and his far-right Groyper movement and the