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Twitter Suspends Far-Right Dutch Leader for Tweet Blasting Islam

An election campaign poster featuring Geert Wilders, in Amsterdam. 

An election campaign poster featuring Geert Wilders, in Amsterdam. 

Photographer: Peter Boer/Bloomberg

Twitter suspended the account of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders after he sent a tweet mentioning Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif that attacked Islam. 

Twitter Inc. took the action after it said Wilders violated its rules against hateful conduct, the leader of the anti-immigrant Freedom Party told Dutch news outlet NOS. The social media company deleted the tweet sent on Tuesday by Wilders, where he was responding to Sharif’s condemnation of incidents of Islamophobia in Europe.