Twitter bans Japanese man for ‘killing’ a mosquito

  • The social media user set up a new account to criticise the decision

TOKYO – A man in Japan has been banned from using the social networking site, Twitter, for killing a mosquito.

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.

Later, the man received a message from Twitter saying his account had been frozen and cannot be reactivated.

He set up a new 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 users.