Katie Hopkins permanently banned from Twitter

The Islamophobic media personality Katie Hopkins has been permanently banned from Twitter for violating its hateful conduct policy.

Hopkins, who had more than one million followers, was previously suspended in January for a week but Twitter said her latest ban is permanent.

The social network did not, however, say which tweets Ms 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.

The cited hateful conduct policy bans promotion of violence or direct written attacks and threats on other people, based on a wide range of personal characteristics such as race, gender or sexual orientation.

Her final tweets mocked the Black Lives Matter movement. On Wednesday, the 44-year-old tweeted: “Today is #whiteoutwednesday. I will shortly be posting a picture of my arse. Thank you.”

She then caused further outrage with her comments about Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford’s successful campaign to secure free school meals for children into the summer.

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Hopkins wrote: “Dear Marcus Rashford, do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it? I do not want to pay to feed other people’s kids. You are welcome to. Thank you, Katie Hopkins.”

Hopkins, who rose to fame on the BBC’s Apprentice show, has repeatedly posted racist and Islamophobic comments over the years but was still regularly given mainstream platforms for many years.

However, she lost many of these platforms, such as those on the MailOnline and LBC, after protests at her repeated targeting of Muslims and immigrants, among others, became more strident. Twitter, until now, wasn’t one of them.

In 2018 she was forced to sell her family home after facing financial difficulties after she lost a High Court battle to poverty campaigner and food blogger Jack Monroe.

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