French President seeks account suspension: Twitter deletes Malaysian PM’s tweet for glorifying Nice knife attack

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Mahathir Mohamad, former Malaysian PM had said that “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past”  in a series of tweets. His comments sparked angry outbursts on social media. Many users criticized the former Malaysian prime minister.

Twitter, the Social networking platform took an extreme decision of removing former Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s tweet, on Thursday. The comments were removed for violating its rules banning the glorification of violence, shortly after a violent knife attack in Nice, which left three people dead.

Mahathir Mohamad, in a series of tweets had said that “Muslims have a right to be angry and kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past”. There was angry outburst on social media with many users calling out the former Malaysian prime minister.

Cedric O, France’s Secretary for Digital Sector also condemned the post and urged Twitter to suspend the account of the former Malaysian prime minister and said in a tweet: “If not, Twitter would be an accomplice to a formal call for murder.”

Cedric O tweeted that he had spoken with the Managing Director of Twitter France. He had asked to suspend the account of former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad immediately. If not, Twitter would be an accomplice to a formal call for murder.

At first, Twitter labelled the tweet with a disclaimer stating that the post violated its rules but was being left up because it was in public interest. The networking site, Twitter completely deleted the tweet later but left the remaining of the Twitter thread intact.

Earlier today, Mahathir Mohamad had asserted that Muslims have a right to be angry and “kill millions of French people” for the “massacres of the past”. French President Emmanuel Macron’s criticised radical Islam after a school teacher, was beheaded by an 18- year old for showing cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed in the class.

Mahathir Mohamad posted from his personal Twitter handle lashed out at Macron. In a series of 13 tweets,he verbally thrashed the French PM for not being “civilised” and for being “very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher”.

He said that the Muslims have a right to be angry and to kill millions of French people for the massacres of the past.He said that Muslims have not and don’t apply the law of “eye for an eye”. Hence they shouldn’t apply this law instead the French should teach their people to respect other people’s feelings.

He further said, “Since you have blamed all Muslims and the Muslims’ religion for what was done by one angry person, the Muslims have a right to punish the French. The boycott cannot compensate the wrongs committed by the French all these years.”

France’s Secretary of State’s remarks comes after the second attack was witnessed on Thursday. A knife-wielding man killed two women and a man at the Notre-Dame Basilica in Nice and injured several others. The police detained the attacker and launched an investigation on terrorism grounds.

A few days ago, Samuel Paty, a school teacher, was beheaded by an 18-year-old teenager on the outskirts of Paris after he showed cartoons depicting the Prophet during a lesson. Paty was posthumously granted France’s highest award, the Legion d’Honneur, and commemorated in the national ceremony at the Sorbonne University in Paris.

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