Katie Hopkins has been permanently suspended from Twitter for violating hate speech platform rules, the social media giant revealed.
The former apprentice star who became a far-right commentator had more than a million followers on the platform.
Hopkins has sparked outrage many times in recent years with comments on race, religion and immigration – which led to a petition urging Twitter to remove it from the site.
In a statement tonight, a Twitter spokesperson said that Hopkins’ account had been closed for violating the site’s hate content rules.
This comes as the social media site warned of President Donald Trump’s tweets.
Twitter has hardened its stance against the deceptive content recently published by Mr. Trump – but has stopped suspending his account despite huge criticism of his tweets.
Former Apprentice star turned far-right commentator had over a million followers on the platform
Twitter spokesperson said Hopkins’ photo was closed for breaking hate content rules in the photo
People applauded the decision to remove Hopkins from the platform, but wondered why Trump was still tweeting.
Twitter said tonight, “ Twitter security is a top priority for us – abuse and hateful behavior has no place in our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken.
“In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violating our hateful driving policy.”
According to the Twitter website, this policy prohibits promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening people because of their race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity, religion, age, disability or serious illness.
Today, Twitter added a warning label to a video tweet shared by Donald Trump’s account, informing users that it contained manipulated media.
The clip is edited to look like the one that appeared on a CNN show, showing a black toddler running away from a white child, with a false CNN caption that reads: “ A terrified toddler runs short of a racist baby. ”
He then claims to reveal “ what really happened ”, showing the original version of the events in which the couple plays – as CNN had reported – before accusing the “ false news ” of being the cause deep problems in America.
Under the tweet of the American president, the social network added a label of “manipulated media”.
By clicking on the warning, users are informed: “ In September 2019, CNN reported a viral video about a friendship between two toddlers.
“On Thursday, the president shared a version of the video which many journalists confirmed was edited and doctored with a fake CNN chyron.”
Some wondered why President Trump’s account was still active when Hopkins’ was deleted
Social media site has warned of President Donald Trump’s tweets, but has decided not to delete his account
Hopkins, who is a former MailOnline columnist, has been heavily criticized in the past for his comments.
These include comparing migrants to cockroaches and claiming a photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe, as well as declaring that people with dementia do not should not block hospital beds.
She also recently criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and the government’s decision to provide free meals to children during school holidays – a campaign spearheaded by Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford.
In May, the company affixed fact-checking labels to two tweets from the President’s personal account that alleged allegations of fraud in the US postal vote, as well as to hide a message about the protests in the city of Minneapolis after the death. from Mr. Floyd.
Trump responded by signing an executive order to restrict legal protections allowing social media sites to remove content they deem inappropriate, a power he described as akin to censorship.
CNN’s communications team responded to the president’s last tweet by saying, “ CNN covered this story – exactly as it happened.
“Just as we reported your race positions (and the ballot numbers).
“We will continue to work with the facts rather than tweeting fake videos that exploit innocent children. We invite you to do the same. Be better.’
Facebook also removed the video on Friday evening, but only following a copyright complaint.
CEO Mark Zuckerberg has been criticized by some staff for the network’s position on the president’s social presence.
However, the tech giant removed campaign ads from Mr. Trump and Vice President Mike Pence that featured an upside-down red triangle – a Nazi symbol used to designate political prisoners in concentration camps.