Katie Hopkins Has Been Permanently Banned From Twitter
Far right commentator, former newspaper journalist and The Apprentice contestant Katie Hopkins has had her Twitter account suspended just hours after having her blue tick removed by the social media site.
A Twitter spokesperson wrote: "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.
"In this case, the account has been permanently suspended for violations of our hateful conduct policy."
Hopkins has recently criticised the efforts of Manchester United footballer Marcus Rashford to encourage the government not to drop free school meals for children from low-income families during the summer holidays.
After the government U-turned on their plans, Hopkins tweeted: "Dear @MarcusRashford, do you think women should think about how they are going to feed a child before they decide to have it?
"I do not want to pay to feed other people's kids. You are welcome to."
This is far from the first time that Hopkins' outlandish and sometimes offensive views have landed her in trouble.
In 2016, MailOnline - who employed Hopkins - was forced to pay out £150,000 to a family that she incorrectly accused of having links to extremism.
Then, she was made to pay damages costs of £24,000 and £107,000 legal costs to food writer and journalist Jack Monroe after she was adjudged to have made defamatory comments on Twitter.
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Then, following comments that she made in the wake of the Manchester Arena bombing - where 22 people were killed at an Ariana Grande concert - she was sacked by radio broadcaster LBC.
Her Twitter account was also locked in January, at which time the social media service commented: "Keeping Twitter safe is a top priority for us - abuse and harassment have no place on the service.
"These rules apply to everyone using our service - regardless of the account involved."
A petition to have Hopkins removed from the platform had recently received more than 75,000 signatures on Change.org.
The description for that petition read: "Unbelievably, Katie Hopkins has been given a platform to insult, abuse and cause outrage for far too long.
"Attacking victims of Child Sex Exploitation is possibly the most disgusting act that any human can do.
"Does she have no boundaries? The scary thing is, this could happen to her own children right under her nose - being as self obsessed as she is, how would she see the signs?
"I think it's about time Twitter took action and removed her from their platform, just as Facebook have done with Britain First.
"Freedom of speech is something I believe in. Freedom of hate speech isn't, I'm sure many people feel the same way."
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