Katie Hopkins, the former MailOnline columnist, who now contributes to the far-right Canadian website the Rebel Media, was condemned online after linking a gas explosion to Muslims.
The tweet, posted at 18:12 GMT read: “Another ‘gas explosion’. Pin marks explosion. Looks like a lovely area.” She added the hashtag ‘#gasmyass’ and juxtaposed an image of news reports against a Google Maps search for nearby mosques.
Hopkins then tweeted: “We don’t know what the f*ck just happened, but we can say with absolute authority it is Definitely Not Terror Related #BritainFalls,” at 18:22 GMT.
Hours earlier, at 14:35 GMT, the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the nature of the explosion was gas related, a fact some on Twitter pointed out to Ms Hopkins. This was then tweeted by the main Metropolitan Police account an hour later. Hours before Hopkins made her inflammatory tweets.
— Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceuk) March 4, 2018
One user took a screenshot of all the local churches in the area on Google Maps, adding “You’re just being silly now.”
Others went on to accuse Hopkins of spreading hatred, with some pointing that the nearest mosque was still miles away, a Google search confirms that one mosque is over four miles away.
As of writing, Hopkins has not removed the offending tweet about the gas explosion in Harold Hill, as the nature of the tweet has also attracted some hateful comments which mention ‘towel heads’ and one tweet making a joke about explosives.
Tell MAMA has reported the tweets to Twitter, the platform has also streamlined how users can report abusive content on the platform.
Katie Hopkins still retains her verification badge despite Twitter’s clampdown last November.
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