The social network said his account “has been permanently suspended for repeatedly violating Twitter’s hateful conduct policy.”
Twitter confirmed, Friday, July 31, to have closed the account of the former head of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) and supporter of white supremacism David Duke, for posting hateful content on the social network.
According to a spokesperson for the platform, the account “has been permanently suspended for repeatedly violating Twitter’s hateful conduct policy.” Messages that led to this decision were not disclosed.
Present on Twitter since September 2009, David Duke had just over 53,000 subscribers. A famous far-right public figure, he was the leader of the racist organization KKK during the 1970s before officially distancing himself from the movement at the end of that decade. He nevertheless remains a defender of the theory of the superiority of the white race, revisionist, and very regularly attacks the Jews.
David Duke, 70, served as an MP in Louisiana between 1989 and 1992 and spent nearly a year and a half in prison in the early 2000s for tax evasion. He had declared himself in favor of Donald Trump during the Republican presidential primary of 2016, a support that the billionaire had been reluctant to disavow before resolving to do so.
David Duke’s YouTube channel was deleted at the end of June during a major operation against channels broadcasting supremacist and racist content.