Former KKK leader David Duke permanently banned from Twitter

Elias Hubbard
August 2, 2020

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.

Twitter didn't specify what exactly Duke posted that triggered the ban, but its policy on hateful conduct prohibits promoting violence or threatening attacks against people based on religious affiliation, race and ethnic origin.

Twitter (TWTR) announced earlier this week that it would block certain URLs and links that contained hateful content, and stated that "accounts dedicated to sharing content which we block" could be suspended.

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.

Duke is running out of platforms, as YouTube had banned him back in June. Duke had been on Twitter since 2009 and amassed more than 53,000 followers by the time his account went down.

An archived version of Duke's Twitter account shows that he had been posting up through Thursday, the day he was banned. His final posts included a link to an interview with a Holocaust denier, and misinformation about the COVID-19 pandemic, including support for the anti-mask movement.

Twitter has always been under pressure to clean up hateful content on its platform and has come under the scanner to control misinformation especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Duke also has a criminal record, having absconded with funds raised for political purposes for his own personal use on more than one occasion.

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