According to a Twitter spokesperson, Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of the Twitter Rules on hateful conduct.”
“This enforcement action is in line with our recently-updated guidance on harmful links,” Twitter explained.
have long questioned how David Duke was able to remain on Twitter for so long. Duke joined Twitter in 2009, and spread white supremacist messages even as other openly white supremacist users were banned.
Twitter has long banned violent content directed toward people based on race, religion or ethnicity. However, it appears Duke’s ban stems from a recent rule change.
On July 28, Twitter said it would consider suspending users who shared harmful links to content that promoted “hateful conduct and violence.” Previously, harmful links were defined as URLs that directed users to phishing websites, malware, or other malicious websites.
Duke served as the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan in the 1970s. He was elected to the Louisiana House of Representatives in 1989 where he served one term. He ran for U.S. Congress multiple times, most recently in 2016. Duke endorsed Donald Trump in 2016 and again in 2020.