Out of the blue, I received a message on Twitter that my account had been locked for a week for ‘promoting or encouraging suicide or self-harm’. This was because of a Tweet I sent in response to one from Richard G. Corbett, former leader of the UK Labour Party in the European Parliament. Corbett’s Tweet was concerned with the mess in which Brexit had left the UK.
The tweet said: “The nation of “Don’t mention the war” is leaving the world’s greatest ever peace project. The “Nation of shopkeepers” is walking away from the planet’s biggest single market. The home of the Suffragettes is abandoning the champion of equality & human rights worldwide”.1
I replied to this Tweet with:
“Shooting yourself in the foot; in the middle of a pandemic. What a bunch of idiots.”
This was the offending tweet which Twitter insisted had to be deleted. Twitter looked upon this tweet as encouraging people to actually shoot themselves in the foot. Yes, really.
Being sent to Twitter prison has happened to me before. I was sent down for 12 hours for being so exasperated with a politician, I told him go and ‘play in the traffic’. I would have expected that playing in the traffic was much more likely to cause a fatal injury than shooting oneself in the foot. But then, what would I know; I don’t run a social media platform.