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Who Is David Duke, Former Kkk Leader Banned By Twitter

Who Is David Duke, Former Kkk Leader Banned By Twitter

 

ISSUE

 

  • David Duke has built an international reputation for himself as the “American face of white nationalism and pseudo-academic anti-Semitism”, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
KKK

 

  • David Duke, a former leader of the Ku Klux Klan (KKK), was permanently banned by Twitter for violating the social media platform’s rules that forbid hate speech.
  • The platform changed its content policy in March, as per which users are not allowed to share content that is hateful. According to the BBC, Duke’s last tweet linked to an interview with Holocaust denier Germar Rudolf. Duke was previously banned by YouTube in June.
WHO IS DAVID DUKE?

 

  • Duke, leader of the white supremacist KKK from 1974-1978, is one of the most recognisable white supremacists and anti-semites, who built an international reputation for himself as the “American face of white nationalism and pseudo-academic anti-Semitism”, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC).
  • “In his various incarnations, Duke has been a neo-Nazi, a major Klan leader, a slick far-right politician and — most recently — a professional lecturer and author traveling the world to warn of a global Jewish conspiracy and seek the separation of the races,” SPLC states.
WHO IS DAVID DUKE?

 

  • In 1991, Duke stood a chance of being elected as the Governor of Louisiana against Democratic candidate Edwin Edwards, but lost even though he received more than half of the white vote.
What has been the reaction to Twitter’s decision?

 

  • News reports point out that anti-hate activists have welcomed this decision as they have been protesting against Twitter allowing Duke and other such leaders to use the platform for advocacy.
  • While many users on Twitter have welcomed the company’s decision, some also noted the presence of other figures deemed problematic by them, including US President Donald Trump and television presenter Tucker Carlson, who hosts a nightly political talk show on Fox News.
BANNED NOW

 

  • In a Tweet Duke posted on July 8, he said, “Trump and Tucker is the only way to stop the commie Bolsheviks! It is the only path to beat them! #TrumpTucker 2020.”
How do social media platforms define hate?

 

  • There is no precise and exact definition of hate speech, but it is broadly understood as speech or content that calls for violence against people, or is threatening to them, and is based on their race, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation.
  • The Cambridge Dictionary defines hate speech as “public speech that expresses hate or encourages violence toward a person or group based on something such as race, religion, sex, or sexual orientation (=the fact of being gay, etc.).”
How do social media platforms define hate?

 

  • Twitter: In its March 5 update, Twitter said, “…we expanded our rules against hateful conduct to include language that dehumanizes others on the basis of religion.” As per their new policy against “hateful conduct”, users are discouraged from promoting “violence against or directly attack or threaten other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease.”