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Twitter suspends account, helped spread video

Posted: 5:13 PM, Jan 22, 2019
Updated: 2019-01-22 22:13:41Z
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COVINGTON, Ky. (AP) — Twitter has suspended an account that helped spread a video of an encounter last week between white students from Covington Catholic High School and a Native American in Washington, D.C.

Twitter prohibits the creation of "fake and misleading accounts."

Twitter said in an email that "Deliberate attempts to manipulate the public conversation on Twitter by using misleading account information is a violation of the Twitter Rules." It didn't elaborate.

Recorded images of the encounter that initially generated outrage on social media were tightly focused on the students wearing "Make America Great Again" hats who seemed to laugh derisively as they surrounded an elderly Native American beating a drum.

Longer videos showed the drummer intervened as a street preacher made racist statements with a megaphone.