By Maya Rhodan
March 6, 2017

The Twitter account of former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke was briefly suspended on Monday. Twitter has not responded to a TIME request for comment.

Reporters noted Duke’s suspension earlier on Monday.

But by Monday afternoon, the account run by the former member of Louisiana’s state House and perennial candidate was back up.

Duke appeared to have lost a substantial number of followers while his tweet was temporarily suspended, but he thanked his followers for supporting “free speech.”

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