Duke has been banned from two social media platforms.
David Duke, a White supremacist, has not only been banned on YouTube but also on Twitter. This was after the confirmed violation of Twitter’s rules on hate speech last Thursday.
A Twitter spokesperson said in a statement, “Duke has been permanently suspended for Twitter Rules on hateful conduct.”
The platform has revised its policy on hate speech, which specifically prohibits posts of threats of violence and promote violence against people based on their religion, race, or ethnic origin.
Who is David Duke?
David Duke was the founder and former Grand Dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, whose Twitter was verified, was blank on Thursday. Then it was replaced with a message that the account had been “permanently suspended.”
Several big companies such as Verizon, Unilever, and Starbucks, have announced in recent weeks that they are pausing advertising on Facebook and other social media sites out of concerns social media isn’t doing enough to combat hate speech. This pushed Social Media to ban anyone who violates their newly implemented policy on hate speech.
Duke didn’t give his comment after the ban.
Other white supremacists that have been banned
YouTube has been trending for banning a half-dozen hate-speech channels off the platform permanently. Some channels are those operated by white supremacist Richard Spencer, ex-Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke, and Stefan Molyneux.
- David Duke is the former leader of the Ku Klux Klan.
- Richard Spencer is US white supremacist credited with coining the term “alt-right”.
- Stefan Molyneux is a Canadian white nationalist activist known for his promotion of conspiracy theories.
Messages on the channels said, “This account has been terminated due to multiple or severe violations of YouTube’s policy prohibiting hate speech.” This situation falls under YouTube’s updated hate-speech policy