Twitter blunder This guy’s Twitter account was suspended because he threatened to kill a mosquito

Twitter’s abuse detector which is out to monitor abusive language issued by its users got it all wrong with this one.

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A mosquito causes Japanese Twitter user's account to get suspended

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A Japanese dude has had his Twitter account removed because the microblogging site detected some keywords in his tweet that suggested violence and death threats.

Twitter in its current  terms of service is not letting any tweets containing threats to slip by, hence the reason for taking down the boy’s account.

"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)," the Japanese user tweeted angrily.

Moments later, he received a notice of termination of his account from Twitter saying his account had been frozen and could not be reactivated.

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According to news outlet, SoralNews24, this was what the message from Twitter read:

"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."

The Japanese user, whose original account was named @nemuismywife, later created a new account @DaydreamMatcha, to rant about Twitter's decision.

 

"My account was permanently frozen after I said I killed mosquitoes...this is a violation?" he said in a tweet addressed to Twitter Japan.

Cyberbullying and online abuse has been a huge problem for Twitter, with the social media platform recently announcing that it was "taking action" against abusive accounts "10 times more" than it was at the same time last year. 

Twitter also last year debuted an algorithm to detect abusive behaviour — which is probably how @DaydreamMatcha got blocked in the first place.

Artificial intelligence scripts go about looking and picking up key words, which in this case could be a combination of "Bastard", "Die" or "Dead." 

It is very unlikely that a human administrator was behind suspending the Japanese user’s account.

Artificial intelligence would take the fall for this one.

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