Twitter has permanently suspended the account of controversial UK author David Icke, saying it violated Twitter’s rules regarding Covid misinformation. YouTube and Facebook zapped Icke’s accounts in early May for the same reason.
The ban hit this week as Icke’s Twitter handle boasted more than 380,000 followers. But it didn’t come as news to the controversial speaker and author, who said in an interview with RT on Thursday that he was temporarily banned at least twice, in September and in October, before getting the boot for good.
Icke’s trouble with the platform came as it tightened its rules regarding spread of coronavirus-related “misinformation” and questioning the pandemic in any fashion. Previous offending posts have fetched him two 7-days suspensions, sharing articles doubting the usefulness of face masks, as well as alleging the true purpose of Covid-19 rapid tests in the UK.
The last post, which ultimately resulted in the permanent ban, criticized the UK government’s plans to stage a pilot city-wide coronavirus testing scheme in Liverpool. Icke alleged that the real purpose of this endeavor was to give citizens faked positive tests and to “impose ever more extreme fascism” as a result.
The move by Twitter, however, only proves his point, Icke believes. “It is going to dawn on the media, probably far too late, that what I’ve been saying is true. So that puts into context why the Silicon Valley giant corporations like Google, YouTube, Facebook, Twitter are set out to silence me. It’s very simple,” Icke stated.