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by Staff reporter
16 November 2022
Wings Over Scotland's Twitter account suspended just days after being reinstated

Wings Over Scotland's Twitter account suspended just days after being reinstated

Scottish independence blogger Wings Over Scotland has had his Twitter account suspended a week after a previous ban was lifted by the social media platform.

The social network took action against Stuart Campbell, the blogger behind the account, in 2019 but reinstated his account last week.

But now it has been suspended once again. 

In 2019, Campbell said Twitter informed him that the move was in response to "hateful conduct" in relation to a post which included swearing.

At the time, he said that "Twitter has no prohibition on swearing, otherwise it would have about six users" and disputed the suggestion that the material was in breach of Twitter's hateful conduct policy, which states that users must not "promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease".

Wings Over Scotland came to prominence ahead of the independence referendum and has a follower count of more than 50,000.

In 2019 he lost a high profile defamation case against former Scottish Labour leader Kezia Dugdale, after she claimed in a newspaper column that he had posted homophobic tweets.

Sheriff Nigel Ross said that Dugdale's article was protected under the fair comment principle, but was incorrect to suggest that Campbell was homophobic. A 2020 appeal by Campbell, who sought £25,000 from Dugdale, upheld the sheriff's decision.

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