Former KKK Leader David Duke Down One Platform After Being Banned From Twitter
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July 31, 2020 at 9:01 pm
Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been permanently banned from Twitter after breaking the platform’s rules regarding hate speech.
It's unclear what exactly Duke tweeted that prompted the prohibition, but the company said the decision was due to “repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct,” according to ABC News.
The platform's hateful speech policy prohibits promoting violence, inciting harm or threatening attacks against people based on religious affiliation, race, ethnic origin and other protected categories.
“You 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,” the policy states.
Twitter stated these guidelines were put in place so everyone is able to share “without barriers” and because experiencing abuse on the platform will make people hesitant about posting.
“Our role is to serve the public conversation, which requires representation of a diverse range of perspectives,” the company explained. “We are committed to combating abuse motivated by hatred, prejudice or intolerance, particularly abuse that seeks to silence the voices of those who have been historically marginalized.”
Twitter defines violent threats as “declarative statements of intent to inflict injuries that would result in serious and lasting bodily harm, where an individual could die or be significantly injured.”
The site has a zero-tolerance policy for violent threats and said accounts violating that policy will face immediate and permanent suspension.
“Slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone” is prohibited as well.
Twitter recently updated its guidelines on links, which now includes hateful conduct and violence.
As we continue to address harmful content, we’ve updated our link policy:— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) July 28, 2020
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