Katie Hopkins’ Twitter account is suspended

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Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has suspended her Twitter account for violating her anti-hate policy.

The social media giant said that the apprentice’s former competitor had been temporarily blocked from his account.

Hopkins has over a million followers on the site and is known for her explicit opinions.

United States President Donald Trump tweeted her on several occasions, allowing her to gain a wider global following.

Anti-racism activists demanded that it be removed from the platform, accusing it of using hate speech.

A Twitter spokesman said the company was investigating the situation and keeping Hopkins informed at every step.

They said, “Keeping Twitter safe is a priority for us – abuse and harassment have no place in the service.”

They added: “These rules apply to everyone who uses our service, regardless of the account in question.”

As of Thursday evening, the account has been listed but all his tweets have been removed.

The page still showed a re-tweet from another user accusing her of “inciting racial hatred” for a post she published on British rapper Stormzy. That post seemed to belong to the end of last year.

Twitter requires users to delete posts that violate network policies. Users are prohibited from posting again until the offending post or posts have been removed by the user.

The social network did not comment on why all Hopkins tweets were removed.

Analysis

by Zoe Thomas, BBC News Technology journalist

In this case, all Katie Hopkins’ tweets have been removed. This does not mean that all of his tweets violated anti-hate policy. And Twitter isn’t saying if this means that his account will eventually be completely removed or if he’s working on an agreement to resume Hopkins’ access.

Twitter typically doesn’t comment when an account is suspended. However, in 2016 he broke this policy to explain why Milo Yiannopoulos had been removed from the network: he had invited his Twitter followers to send messages of hatred and racism to Leslie Jones, a black actress.

At the end of last year, Twitter also broke the silence about why it did not block US President Donald Trump, who in the eyes of many tweeted or republished hateful comments. Twitter said it had made exceptions for world leaders.

But the social media platform has a history of leaving comments and incendiary memes on the site.

For Twitter, it is a balance between the demands of free speech and its efforts that attract a broad and diverse user base. This is a juggling act that Twitter and other social media sites have often struggled with.

Hopkins, who is also a former LBC presenter and columnist for MailOnline, has repeatedly drawn criticism for his controversial views.

In 2017, she was ordered to pay grocery writer Jack Monroe £ 24,000 in damages, in addition to £ 107,000 in legal fees, in a defamation lawsuit filed after a dispute over two tweets that Monroe said caused “serious harm. “to his reputation.

He angered when he tweeted that there had to be a “final solution” in dealing with terrorists following the Manchester terrorist attack.

Shortly thereafter, LBC announced that it would leave the show “immediately”. Later that year he left MailOnline for “mutual consent”.

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