Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for Twitter Rules on hateful conduct,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. Twitter’s policy, revised in March, prohibits posts that promote violence or threats of violence against people based on their religion, race or ethnic origin.
It wasn’t immediately clear what specific post or posts by Duke led to the account’s ban. The verified account for Duke, the founder and former Grand Dragon of the Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, was blank Thursday, replaced with a message that the account had been “permanently suspended.”
Imagine going back in time 30 years and explaining to someone that in the future, there are privately-owned computer networks for socializing and sharing your thoughts, observations, and opinions, and that David Duke got kicked off the one that is most popular in news media circles.
“Ha, probably happened the first day,” your circa 1990 friend might say.
“No, actually, it took more than 10 years.”
“What? Does David Duke repent in the future? Does he disavow white supremacy?”
“No he doesn’t change at all.”
“That doesn’t make any sense.”
“Wait until you find out who the president is. Sleep tight.”
★ Friday, 31 July 2020