British media personality, columnist and political commentator Katie Hopkins has been “permanently suspended” from Twitter, following a violation of the site’s ‘hateful conduct policy.’ Earlier this year, Hopkins’ account had been suspended for a 10-day period in January for similar reasons.

Hopkins, 45, is known for her controversial opinions and right-wing commentary on Twitter.

In an official statement, Twitter said that this time the suspension of Hopkins’ account was permanent, saying, “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. In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy,” The Guardian reported. However, the social media platform didn’t indicate which of Hopkins’ tweets had led to the ban.

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Hopkins’ Controversial Tweets

Hopkins, 45, rose to fame in 2006 as a participant on the British adaptation of hit US show The Apprentice. She is known for her controversial opinions and right-wing commentary on Twitter, which had repeatedly been accused by Twitterati of qualifying as hate speech. With more than a million followers to her name, Hopkins’ tweets were retweeted by US President Donald Trump on multiple occasions.

In 2015, in an article for The Sun, Hopkins compared immigrants to cockroaches, which was condemned by the Chief of UNHRC. Then in 2017, following a terrorist attack in Manchester, she called for a “final solution” type decision for Muslims in her country. Her anti-immigrant stance, anti-Islam views, and more recently, her opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement following George Floyd’s death, drew heavy criticism online. She participated in #whiteoutwednesday, mocking the #blackouttuesday trend meant to protest racism.

Hopkins, 45, rose to fame in 2006 as a participant on the British adaptation of hit US show The Apprentice.

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Twitter’s Hateful Conduct Policy

Twitter has a set of regulations that include specifics of what qualifies as hate speech on the platform. It says that users are to “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.”

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Tanvi Akhauri is an intern with SheThePeople.TV. 

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