David Duke, a longtime leader of the Ku Klux Klan has been permanently banned from the platform for content that violated the company’s rules on hate speech and inciting harm. His account was previously suspended in 2017 but restored.
According to Newsweek, Twitter has released an official response, after David Duke’s account disappeared and Twitter users surmised that the open white supremacist had been banned. The social media giant confirmed d the public conjecture: Duke was banned, it’s permanent, and it’s because of
The account has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct. This enforcement action is in line with our recently-updated guidance on harmful links.
Though Duke’s account is gone, the screenshots live on.
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I'll c that, and raise you a David Duke tweet as well, confirming pt pic.twitter.com/8BALaleT9e
— MaximusDerrick (@misguidedsoul7) August 13, 2017
The Southern Poverty Law Center lists David Duke in their extremist files, describing him as “the most recognizable figure of the American radical right, a neo-Nazi, longtime Klan leader and now international spokesman for Holocaust denial…”
As the BBC points out, the updated Twitter rules from earlier this year forbid not only directly posting racist and hateful content, but also posting links to external websites that promote or incite violence based on demographic.
Duke is running out of platforms, as YouTube had banned him back in June.
His last tweet before banning linked to an interview with a convicted Holocaust denier (a criminal act in Germany). Another recent tweet accused the “Jewish-owned media” of inciting violence against white people, and another declared that systemic racism is a lie, and promised to expose it.
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