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Twitter user figures out how to block Nazis from your feed

Twitter users have been calling for the removal of Nazis on the platform for ages, but sometimes when the powers-that-be won’t help, you have to find your own solutions.

That’s exactly what user @christopeterso did when she changed her country setting to Germany.

Germany has strict laws about promoting Nazi imagery and ideology, and so have banned that kind of content online.

To de-Nazify your own timeline today, head over to your settings, make sure you’re on the account tab, and scroll down to “content”Ā to change your country.

Content from the likes of The American Nazi Party and neo-Nazi Millennial Matt are all banned, butĀ unfortunately the fix isn’t catch-all; well-known neo-Nazi Richard Spencer is still available, and soĀ are other users that consistently post swastikas and call for genocide.

Israeli-German artistĀ Shahak Shapira has been aware of this disparity for a while. Back in August, he protested Twitter’s protection of antisemitism by spray-painting the vitriol he’d received outside its German headquarters.

But user @christopeterso’s ad-hoc solution may have further benefits: she says that by screwing with Twitter’s location-based advertising, users could compromise the company’s revenue.

Change your location now and enjoy a slightly-more-Nazi-free timeline today at absolutely no extra cost!

Author | Julia Breakey

Julia Breakey
Julia is a UCT film graduate with a passion for dogs, media, and dog-centric media. If she's not gushing about the new television show that you need to watch, she's rewatching The Good Place (which you need to watch). More

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