Former KKK Leader From Louisiana Banned By Twitter
A Louisiana resident and former Knights of the Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard has gotten himself banned from another social media platform.
David Duke has found himself in some hot water once again, this time being permanently banned from Twitter.
The social media giant released a statement saying:
David Duke has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hateful conduct.
This past June, Duke and other high profile white supremacists were permanently banned from YouTube. The video platform told CNN that after updating their policies on supremacist content, they have removed over 25,000 channels for violating their hate speech policies.
David Duke, a convicted felon, was the leader of the KKK from 1974-1978. Later, he was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives and served from 1989-1992. In 1991, he came very close to becoming the governor of Louisiana, battling Edwin Edwards. In 2002, he was convicted of defrauding his political supporters and using the hundreds of thousands of dollars raised to gamble and make personal investments. He served 15 months in a federal penitentiary and paid a $10,000 fine.
Twitter didn't say what exact post got him banned. However, they recently started to more strongly enforce their policies on hateful content, which they say "promotes 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."