Popular Social Media micro-blogging site Twitter on Saturday, issued a permanent suspension for the account run by Jim Hoft, founder and editor-in-chief of US pro-republican party news website ‘Gateway Pundit’, for violations of its “civic integrity policy.”
A Twitter spokesperson confirmed the news to US media, citing “repeated violations” of its policy that bars users from tweeting messages “for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes,” including misinformation regarding the outcome of an election.
The policy includes a series of punishments depending on the frequency of violations, with five or more strikes resulting in a permanent suspension.
Gateway Pundit, was reported to be among the conservative media outlets that had advanced unsubstantiated claims from former President Trump and his allies of widespread voting irregularities and voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election.
According to an archived version of Hoft’s account, his most recent tweets came on Jan. 29, when he shared criticisms of coronavirus restrictions and claims that certain ballots cast for President Biden were illegal.
On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that Hoft was photographed at Trump’s “Save America” rally on Jan. 6, ahead of the violent mob attack at the Capitol, in which several people died amid the chaos.
Last month, CNN reported that Gateway Pundit was among the groups utilizing Christian fundraising website GiveSendGo.com in efforts related to challenge the results of the presidential election.
Saturday’s Twitter suspension comes as one of the latest issued by Twitter in connection with users repeating unsupported claims of a “rigged” election in favor of Biden more than two weeks after he was inaugurated.