Far-right British activist has been ‘permanently suspended’ from microblogging site Twitter, the company said in a statement on Friday.
Hopkins, 45, had been earlier suspended this year for a 10-day period, due to her tweets that have on several occasions been accused of promoting hate speech.
Twitter, however, did not disclose which tweets Hopkins had posted, to result in the ban. "Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us - abuse and hateful conduct have no place on our service and we will continue to take action when our rules are broken," it said.
Notably, Hopkins has been well-known for her far-right views and has even been retweeted by US President Donald Trump on several occasions. Only on Friday, Twitter marked a video shared by Trump as ‘manipulated media.’ The microblogging site and the US President have been at loggerheads with each other, ever since the murder of George Floyd, an African American from Minneapolis. Floyd was killed by a police officer, sparking global outrage and subsequent protests over the fundamental rights of black people.
Twitterati had mixed reactions at Hopkins’ ‘expulsion’ from the site. Here is how they reacted:
Recently, Twitter in India had even withheld the account of former journalist and columnist Aakar Patel over his call for a US-like protest in India. The withholding of the account came after the Bengaluru police reportedly filed an FIR following a complaint regarding the tweet. Patel’s Twitter account, however, has been restored .However, Bollywood actress Kangana Ranaut’s sister Rangoli Chandel was not so lucky. She put out an Islamophobic tweet that was flagged by several people, prompting Twitter to ban her from using the site again.