The controversial commentator and television personality Katie Hopkins (45) has been definitively removed from Twitter because she was allegedly guilty of hateful behavior. The social media giant confirms that in a statement.
It is rare for Twitter to decide to throw well-known political commentators off the platform because of controversial views.
Hopkins, a controversial British columnist and media personality with over a million Twitter followers, already got a slap on the wrist in January because the content of her messages would not be in line with the social platform’s policy rules.
Now Twitter has had enough of it, and Hopkins is definitely not going to be allowed on the platform. It is not clear which message from the ‘Britain’s Most Hated Woman’ was the proverbial straw for Twitter.
“Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us. Abuse and hateful behavior do not belong in our services, and we will continue to take action as soon as our rules are broken,” it sounds. The policy on which Twitter bases this decision concerns ‘direct written attacks and threats to other people based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation’.
“I am a white conservative Christian”
Nicknamed ‘Britain’s Most Hated Woman’, Hopkins has been known for years for her controversial, often right-wing views on immigration and Islam. At the beginning of this month, she was in the international news because of a Twitter argument with Patrick van Aanholt.
In response to #blackouttuesday, Hopkins sparked a new day on Twitter: #whiteoutwednesday. “Today is #whiteoutwednesday,” said Hopkins. “I’ll be posting a picture of my butt soon.”
Van Aanholt reacted to the tweet as if an adder had bitten him. “I don’t know who she is, but WOW… 2020 has to erase you.” Hopkins immediately responded: “Dear Patrick van Aanholt, my name is Katie Hopkins. I am a white conservative Christian, you can kneel and kiss my ring.”
Two years ago, Hopkins clashed with us, then Mayor of Molenbeek, Françoise Schepmans .
Criticism of Black Lives Matter
As far as we know, Hopkins has not yet responded to her spell. The former British tabloid columnist ‘The Sun’ still has more than 60,000 subscribers on her personal YouTube channel, where she uploads speeches and videos with her views on current affairs. In recent weeks she has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement, among other things.
It is not the first time that Twitter has reprimanded a famous person for the content of his or her tweets. In recent weeks, the mood between the company and US President Donald Trump has already risen, after Twitter has provided a tweet from the president with a fact check and flagged another tweet because it would incite violence. The president then signed a decree to make it easier to sue social media. Yesterday, Twitter again warned about “manipulated images” when Trump tweeted.