Twitter user suspended for ‘hateful conduct’ after tweeting in Welsh language
Twitter has suspended a user for “hateful conduct” after publishing a completely innocuous tweet in the Welsh language.
Dr. Sara Louise Wheeler, who is a guest research fellow at Wrexham Glyndwr University, was told she had “violated” Twitter’s rules against hateful conduct after tweeting about Welsh grammar.
“I want Welsh that that doesn’t need to be corrected,” she tweeted in the language. “I’ve tried reading loads of Welsh grammar books over the last twenty years – but I just don’t learn that way.
“But as I said tonight I can remember the songs in performances. Aran Jones is going to try and harness this.”
Twitter however declared her tweet hateful conduct, saying: “You may not promote violence against, threaten or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability or serious disease.”
Taking to Instagram after being suspended from Twitter, Sara Louise Wheeler expressed bemusement that she’s been banned for tweeting about Welsh grammar.
“Suspended in Twitter for tweeting in Welsh about my struggles to learn Welsh grammar,” she said.
“Careful my friends, better not talk about Welsh grammar in Welsh on Twitter it’s hateful conduct apparently.”
Others on Twitter rallied in Sara Louise Wheeler’s defence.
— Tegid Roberts (@TegidRoberts) November 13, 2021
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