A Twitter user from Japan has been banned from using the social networking site for making death threats against mosquitoes. Twitter’s decision to ban user @nemuismywife has attracted ridicule on social media. It all started on 20 August when he was repeatedly bitten by a mosquito while watching TV. After he managed to kill he tweeted an image of the dead insect alongside:
“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).”
Sometime after the tweet, he received a message from Twitter saying his account had been frozen and cannot be reactivated. He promptly set up a new account @DaydreamMatcha, to criticise Twitter’s decision, tweeting:
“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 users.
Twitter has rolled out a number of new measures and tools to curb online abuse and harassment on its platform, which is commendable BUT did they take it a little too far this time? Twitter has launched an algorithm to detect abusive behaviour by looking and picking up key offensive words.