Twitter permanently bans former KKK leader David Duke

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Former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke has been banned from Twitter for breaking the rules of the social media platform’s site banning hate speech.

The company said Friday that Duke’s account “has been permanently suspended for repeated violations of Twitter’s rules on hateful behavior.”

He did not specify what Duke published exactly that triggered the ban, but his hateful conduct policy prohibits the promotion of violence or the threat of attacks against people based on religious affiliation, the race and ethnicity.

Twitter said the ban was in line with its recently updated policy to reduce harmful links. Under the new rules, the company can suspend accounts dedicated to sharing hateful content or that attempt to bypass its blocks on sharing links to content.

Duke was the leader of white supremacist KKK from 1974 to 1978.

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