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Thursday, 31 August 2017

Man Banned From Twitter Over His Death Threat Against A Mosquito


  • A Twitter user in Japan has been banned from using the social networking site for making a death threat against a mosquito. Tweeting abuse would sometimes get you banned from the platform but Twitter's decision to ban user nemuismywife has attracted ridicule on social media. 


  • It started on 20 August when he was repeatedly bitten by a mosquito as he was watching TV. After killing the mosquito, he tweeted: "Where do you get off biting me all over while I'm just trying to relax and watch TV? Die! (Actually you're already dead)." 

    He added a picture of a dead insect to his tweet. Some time later he received a message from Twitter saying his account had been frozen and cannot be reactivated. He set up a new Twitter account, DaydreamMatcha, to criticise Twitter's decision. 

    He tweeted: "My previous account was permanently frozen after I said I killed a mosquito. Is this a violation?" His angry tweet was retweeted more than 31,000 times and liked more than 27,000 

    Twitter has rolled out a number of new measures and tools to curb online abuse and harassment on its platform. Some reports claimed the tweet was flagged by an automated programme and not by a human moderator. 

    US business magazine Fortune reported that Twitter launched an algorithm to detect abusive behaviour by looking and picking up key offensive words. Crdt: BBC

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