According to Breitbart, Twitter has permanently blacklisted British conservative Katie Hopkins over what it calls “hateful conduct.”
Hopkins had more than 1 million followers on her Twitter profile prior to her ban, Breitbart reported.
“Keeping Twitter safe”
According to the BBC, Hopkins was banned from Twitter for a week earlier this year. This time, however, there’s no going back.
The social media company told Breitbart that keeping its platform “safe is a top priority.”
“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,” Twitter reportedly said. “In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our Hateful Conduct policy.”
Of course, it remains unclear what exactly Hopkins did that violated the “Hateful Conduct policy.” Twitter’s incredibly vague standards allow them to ban activist figures with little justification — and as Breitbart noted, it seems conservatives often bear the brunt of that.
Censoring conservative voices
Hopkins, for her part, has long been known for her pro-Brexit and anti-immigration views. In fact, she was popular enough to catch the attention of President Donald Trump, who retweeted several of her posts, according to the BBC.
As the BBC further reported, Twitter has also “taken a firmer line against [President] Trump himself” in recent weeks. According to CBS News, the platform “flagged” one of Trump’s tweets about mail-in voting with a fact-check label in late May.
Trump responded by accusing the social media giant of “interfering in the 2020 presidential election” and “stifling free speech.”
….Twitter is completely stifling FREE SPEECH, and I, as President, will not allow it to happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 26, 2020
The bottom line
These recent actions from Twitter certainly raise concern for other conservative voices on the platform. Hopkins is only the most recent casualty, and the writing is on the wall. As National Review‘s Mona Charen reported:
Let’s face it: Threats, vile abuse, and harassment have become a key part of Twitter’s brand, but only a select few offenders are punished or banned.
Indeed, social media platforms have the power to manipulate elections, but they also have clear — and strong — political biases. How many more conservatives will be censored before Washington takes action?