Katie Hopkins permanently banned from Twitter over Islamophobic posts
The controversial right wing commentator Katie Hopkins has had her Twitter account permanently suspended for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.
Hopkins, who has been retweeted by Donald Trump several times, is known for her extreme views on immigration and other social issues. She once referred to refugees fleeing war as “cockroaches.” In 2017, Hopkins was fired from a radio show for calling for a “final solution” for Muslims living in the United Kingdom after a terrorist attack in Manchester.
She was temporarily suspended in January. Twitter affirmed that as of Friday, she was banned from the platform permanently.
Hours before her account was permanently suspended, Hopkins had complained that the ‘blue check mark’ on her profile which lets Twitter users know if an account is verified had been removed.
Hopkins, who had amassed a following of over 1.1 million on Twitter, was known for her controversial posts against immigration and more recently, the Black Lives Matter movement.
According to Twitter’s website, that policy prohibits promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability or serious disease.
While the company wouldn’t share the exact tweets that resulted in Hopkins’ ban, its Hateful Conduct policy states that users “may not promote violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”
This is not the first time her content has been flagged by the micro-blogging platform. In January this year, her account was temporarily blocked for violating its anti-hate policy.
Hopkins, who rose to fame on the BBC’s Apprentice show, has repeatedly posted racist and Islamophobic comments over the years but was still regularly given mainstream platforms for many years.
However, she lost many of these platforms, such as those on the MailOnline and LBC, after protests at her repeated targeting of Muslims and immigrants, among others, became more strident. Twitter, until now, wasn’t one of them.
In 2018 she was forced to sell her family home after facing financial difficulties after she lost a High Court battle to poverty campaigner and food blogger Jack Monroe.
About Katie Hopkins:
Katie Olivia Hopkins is an English media personality, columnist, social critic, and former businesswoman. She was a contestant on the third series of The Apprentice in 2007, and following further appearances in the media, she became a columnist for British national newspapers.
She completed her military training at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst, but suffered an epileptic seizure during the final passing-out ceremony, and as a result was unable to take up her commission. Throughout her career, Hopkins’ social media presence and outspoken views, specifically regarding UK politics, social class, obesity, migrants and race, have attracted controversy, criticism, media scrutiny, protests and petitions.