It finally happened. Former KKK leader David Duke, one of the United States’ most well-known white supremacists, was banned from Twitter late Thursday night.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, Duke’s 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,” Twitter explained.
have long questioned how David Duke was able to remain on Twitter for so long. Duke joined Twitter in 2009, and spread white supremacist messages even as other openly white supremacist users were banned.
Twitter has long banned violent content directed toward people based on race, religion or ethnicity. However, it appears Duke’s ban stems from a recent rule change.
As we continue to address harmful content, we’ve updated our link policy:
1️⃣ Hateful conduct and violence are now link content categories that we may block
2️⃣ Accounts dedicated to sharing these types of links may be suspended
The full policy: https://t.co/G99F3M779b
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 28, 2020
On July 28, Twitter said it would consider suspending users who shared harmful links to content that promoted “hateful conduct and violence.” Previously, harmful links were defined as URLs that directed users to phishing websites, malware, or other malicious websites.
Duke served as the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1989 where he served one term. He ran for U.S. Congress multiple times, most recently in 2016. Duke endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020.