Twitter has blocked the account of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke for “repeated violations of Twitter’s rules of hateful behavior,” a spokesman confirmed The edge on Friday. “This enforcement is in line with our recently updated guidelines on malicious links.”
Duke came to Twitter in September 2009, showing an archived version of his page, and his account had more than 53,000 followers.
YouTube blocked several channels of white supremacists last month, including Duke’s for violating hate speech guidelines. The Southern Poverty Law Center, which Duke describes as neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers, says Duke “has built an international reputation as the American face of white nationalism and pseudo-academic anti-Semitism.” The Anti-Defamation League says Duke has been active in the white supremacy movement for decades.
Duke was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1989 after trying to rename himself a born-again Christian. He served a term and later ran unsuccessful campaigns for the U.S. Senate and the Governor of Louisiana. His criminal history includes serving 15 months in federal prison in 2002 for post and tax fraud.
Twitter The Hateful Conduct Policy prohibits the promotion of violence against or threat of attacks on people based on certain categories such as religion, race and ethnic origin. The company claims to take action in accordance with its recently updated URL and link blocking policy.
After fierce criticism, Twitter has focused on hate speech and “hateful behavior” in recent months, British commentator Katie Hopkins suspended in January, banned 7,000 QAnon-related accounts last week, and several President Trump branded tweets labeled Facts-Check- Labels.