British far-right activist Tommy Robinson has been banned from Twitter (TWTR)

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  • Tommy Robinson, the British far-right activist, has been suspended from Twitter.
  • The social network has banned a number of high-profile far-right accounts in recent months as it tries to crack down on hate speech.
  • Robinson, 35, is the cofounder of protest group the English Defence League.

Twitter has banned Tommy Robinson, a British far-right anti-Muslim activist.

Visitors to the Twitter profile of Robinson, who cofounded far-right protest group the English Defence League (EDL), are now greeted with a generic message saying “this account has been suspended.”

Twitter did not immediately respond to Business Insider’s request for comment. But in recent months, the social network has banned a string of far-right accounts and activists as it attempts to crack down on hate speech and abusive behaviour. 

In December 2017, it banned Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen, the leaders of anti-Muslim group Britain First. According to anti-extremist organisation Hope Not Hate, it has about 1,000 members and has occupied the gap left by older far-right groups the BNP and the EDL. The group is banned from Luton, parts of Kent, and all mosques in the UK.

Robinson — real name Stephen Lennon — had around 413,000 Twitter followers prior to his suspension, according to an archived version of his profile. In 2014, he was jailed for mortgage fraud

Additional reporting by Shona Ghosh.

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