Katie Olivia Hopkins (born 13 February 1975) is an English media personality, columnist, social critic, and former businesswoman. She was a contestant on the third series of The Apprentice in 2007, and following further appearances in the media, she became a columnist for British national newspapers.
According to Twitter’s website, that policy prohibits promoting violence against or directly attacking or threatening people based on race, ethnicity, national origin, caste, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religion, age, disability or serious disease.
Hopkins has been heavily criticised in the past for her comments, including comparing migrants to cockroaches and claiming the photograph of a dead Syrian boy lying on a beach that sparked a wave of compassion across Europe was staged, as well as stating that people with dementia should not “block” hospital beds.
In her final tweets before the ban, she celebrated hitting 1.1 million followers and urged her fans to follow her on Instagram.
Hopkins, who rose to prominence as a contestant on The Apprentice, regularly tweets pro-Trump, pro-Brexit and anti-immigration messages, and has launched a series of attacks on the C. In January, she was temporarily locked out of the platform for violating its anti-hate policy.
In 2018, Hopkins was forced to apply for an insolvency agreement to avoid bankruptcy after a costly libel case involving the food writer Jack Monroe. She previously wrote for Rebel Media, the Canadian far-right firm that has also employed the former English Defence League leader Tommy Robinson.
She parted ways with Mail Online, for which she wrote a regular column, in late 2017, a few months after losing her LBC radio show, on which she called for a “final solution” in response to the Manchester Arena terrorist attack.
Being removed from Twitter could prove to be a major blow to Hopkins’ profile. Previous far-right figures who have been banned, including Milo Yiannopoulos and Alex Jones, have struggled for relevance afterwards.