20 June 2020 08:40
Twitter has permanently suspended controversial British commentator Katie Hopkins for violating its hateful conduct policy. Key points: Katie Hopkins regularly tweeted far-right, anti-immigration views Katie Hopkins regularly tweeted far-right, anti-immigration views Twitter has not said which of her tweets resulted in the permanent ban Twitter has not said which of her tweets resulted in the permanent ban She had been retweeted by US President Donald Trump on several occasions Hopkins rose to prominence as a contestant on the UK version of The Apprentice, and regularly tweeted far-right, anti-immigration views. Her account had more than 1 million followers. The social media network did not say which of her tweets had resulted in the permanent ban. But in a statement it said abuse and hateful conduct had no place on its service.
"Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us — abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken," the organisation said. "In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy." Twitter's hateful conduct policy bans promotion of violence or direct written attacks and threats on other people, based on a wide range of personal characteristics, including race, gender or sexual orientation. Twitter's move against Hopkins came hours after she had complained that her blue "verified" check mark, which lets users know that an account is authentic, had been removed. Hopkins has been heavily criticised in the past for comments including comparing migrants to cockroaches and saying people with dementia should not "block" hospital beds. Recently, she criticised the Black Lives Matter movement. She has also appeared on Sky News in Australia. Loading US President Donald Trump retweeted her to his 80 million followers on several occasions. Twitter has recently taken a firmer line against Mr Trump himself over tweets it said broke its policies. The US President's comments on the social media platform have been labelled with warnings, or hidden from view. In the most recent case, Twitter labelled a Trump tweet as "manipulated media".