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Thou shall not kill: Man gets banned twice on Twitter for killing a mosquito

by Olanrewaju Sodiq
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Apparently, killing a mosquito is now a crime punishable by suspension in the Tweet Act of 2017 of the revised Twitter constitution. I’m kidding ?

A Japanese national (name unknown) had his account banned by Twitter as a result of his tweet where he announced his success in killing a mosquito that has been pestering him.

At an unknown time on the 20th day of August 2017, a Japanese man with the Twitter handle @nemuismywife was most likely trying to watch TV and get some rest after a long and stressful day but a tiny mosquito wasn’t going to let that happen. Mr. @nemuismywife got rid of the mosquito.

The excited Japanese was excited and like every other person with a Twitter account, thought it right to post some news to his followers on Twitter, and he tweeted with a picture of the dead insect;

“Bastard! 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),”

Days later, he received a message saying his Twitter account (@nemuismywife) has been suspended and cannot be reactivated.

“Thank you for using Twitter.

Your account has been frozen because it was used to send messages containing threats.

Tweets containing threats are not allowed under our terms of service.This account cannot be reactivated.

Thank you for your understanding.”

It should be remembered that Twitter once announced its stance against abusive accounts and the subsequent announced changes it made to its platform following it stance. Some of the changes include hiding replies with abusive and offensive contents and also an improved algorithm that detects foul and threats.

Apparently, it was Twitter abuse detector (or should I say algorithm) that got the Japanese account banned.

However, the Japanese man opened another account where he expressed his disappointments in Twitter’s action against his account. And guess what. The new account he opened (@DaydreamMatcha) to post the rant tweet, even though lacked abusive or threat words, also got deleted ny Twitter.

See the content of his second (rant) tweet below:

“My account was permanently frozen after I said I killed mosquitoes…this is a violation?”

It has however been deducted that a bot simply following orders (algorithms) most likely kicked him off Twitter and not a human or a Twitter staff.

But the question is: Is a bot also behind the removal of the second account?

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