Katie Hopkins suspended from Twitter for breaching hate rules

Ms Hopkins has 1.1 million followers

Friday, January 31, 2020

Controversial commentator Katie Hopkins has had her Twitter account suspended for breaching the platform’s hateful conduct policy.

Describing herself on her profile as “The Biggest B**** in Britain”, the former Apprentice contestant is known for her provocative views.

She has more than one million followers on the site and gained even more of a global audience after several of her posts were retweeted by US president Donald Trump.

The move to temporarily lock her out of her account followed “productive discussions” between anti-hate campaigners and the social media giant.

Imran Ahmed and Countdown presenter Rachel Riley, CEO and patron respectively for the Centre for Countering Digital Hate (CCDH), met with Twitter this week to complain about Ms Hopkins’ social media activity.

Mr Ahmed welcomed the suspension but told talkRADIO the “identity hate-based actor” should now be removed from the platform altogether.

He said in a statement: “There is a long road ahead before social media is made safe for dialogue, information exchange and the formation and maintenance of relationships.

“The fact parents are so hesitant and fearful of allowing children onto social media platforms shows how toxic many of these environments have become.

“We believe social media can empower the world to be even better, but handing megaphones to hate actors is irresponsible and dangerous.”

While Ms Hopkins’ profile can still be viewed, her tweets are replaced with the message: “The Tweet is no longer available because it violated the Twitter Rules.”

Twitter has not confirmed what specific comment triggered the suspension, but its hateful conduct policy states that users must “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”.

A spokesperson from the platform said: "Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us - abuse and harassment have no place on the service.

"We take enforcement action against any account that is violative of our rules - which includes violations of our hateful conduct policy and abusive behaviour policy.

"These rules apply to everyone using our service - regardless of the account involved."

The only post visible on Ms Hopkins' account is a retweet calling her a "criminal" and urging Twitter to act over comments she made about grime artist Stormzy.

talkRADIO has approached Ms Hopkins for comment.

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