Twitter has banned David Icke, who has been criticized for promulgating antisemitic conspiracy theories, for spreading COVID-19 misinformation.
A Twitter spokesman told Yahoo! News UK that Icke “has been permanently suspended for violating Twitter’s rules regarding COVID misinformation.” Icke’s tweets on the matter have included “the discredited claim that COVID-19 was linked to the 5G mobile network, and antisemitic remarks about a Jewish group’s involvement,” according to Yahoo.
Icke’s Facebook page and YouTube channels were suspended in May for similar reasons, but his Instagram page is still online, Yahoo reported.
British researcher David Collier also tweeted, “Lesson learned: It is okay to suggest Jews are Alien Lizards who secretly control the world But don’t mislead over covid.”
The Guardian has previously reported that “Icke believes ‘Rothschild Zionists’ secretly dominate the world and that Jews bankrolled Hitler, caused the 2008 global financial crisis and staged the 9/11 terrorist attacks.” In 2018, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker praised Icke’s book “The Truth Shall Set You Free” in a New York Times interview. The book accuses Jews of being behind the Holocaust as well as the slave trade.