Tommy Robinson banned from Twitter

Tommy Robinson

The ex leader of the English Defence League Tommy Robinson has been banned from Twitter.

His account is marked as being “suspended”, but the BBC has learned that the US company has decided to permanently revoke his access.

It is understood the decision was taken after Mr Robinson was judged to have breached its “hateful conduct” policy.

It had previously temporarily suspended the activist several times.

Mr Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, left the EDL in 2013.

Most recently, Twitter had blocked his account for a week at the start of March. He said at the time that the reason was that he had posted that “90% of grooming gang convictions are Muslims”.

Mr Robinson’s @TRobinsonNewEra account had about 413,000 followers at the time it was blocked.

In addition, Twitter has acted against another account – @tommysnewspage – which had also been associated with the 35-year-old.

Mr Robinson continues to operate a Facebook page, a YouTube account and a personal website.

He condemned the decision as censorship and the denial of his freedom of speech. He then added that Islam promotes killing people.

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