The short message service Twitter has closed the account of the well-known US racist and former Ku Klux Klan boss David Duke. A spokeswoman for the online platform said on Friday that the user account had been permanently closed due to “repeated violations of the Twitter rules on hatred-inducing behavior”.
Which tweets the company referred to remained unclear. Twitter prohibits, among other things, inciting violence and threats based on religion, origin, ethnicity, and sexual orientation.
Duke has been active on Twitter since 2009 and has more than 53,000 followers. He was the leader of the Ku Klux Klan racist organization in the 1970s. Duke later distanced himself from the organization. The 70-year-old continued to openly believe that white blacks are superior and regularly attacked Jews.
He expressed his support for Donald Trump in the 2016 US Republican presidential primaries. The real estate billionaire was criticized because he initially avoided a clear distance.
The online platform YouTube blocked Duke’s video channel at the end of June. Online networks have come under increasing pressure to act against the spread of hate messages online.