| 22.08,19. 04:26 PM |
Pauline Hanson suspended from Twitter over cattle prod comment
Pauline Hanson has been suspended from Twitter over cattle prod comments.
One Nation senator Pauline Hanson is ropeable over Twitter's decision to suspend her account, after she suggested police could use electric cattle prods to move on vegan activists.
In a media release on Thursday, Hanson accused Twitter of being a bully and a hypocrite over a video she posted on the social media platform on Sunday, shot in Teebar, Queensland.
Watch the video Twitter objected to above
Hanson was campaigning against a series of protests by animal activists that have disrupted businesses and traffic in Brisbane over the past several months.
“When the farmers have trouble getting the cattle up off the floor of the trucks, or in the cattle yards, they just touch them with this and they’ll soon move," Hanson says in the video, brandishing a cattle prod.
"It doesn’t matter how big the beasts are, they will move with this.
“Well, recently, we’ve had all the protesters in Brisbane, lying on the streets, glueing themselves (to the road).
"You know what I reckon the solution. Let’s use one of these on them. I think they’ll soon move. “
Issue of free speech
The media release said Twitter deemed her link to the cattle prod video was in breach of a rule that says users “may not engage in the targeted harassment of someone, or incite other people to do so".
"We consider abusive behaviour an attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence someone else’s voice.”
But Hanson accused Twitter of double standards, arguing her account suspension was the result of leftist bullying that sought to curtail her freedom of speech.
“I don’t see how my tweet was somehow offensive and potentially harmful, if those tweets wishing I’d fall of (sic) Uluru are not,” she said, referring to a flutter of tweets from not-so-well-wishers over the past couple of days after she announced she was going to climb Uluru.
Most of the negative comments on social media reacting to Hanson's energetic intentions appeared to wish her some form or another of misadventure on the sacred site, where climbing will be banned by the traditional owners from October 26.
“The left has bullied Twitter into suspending my account, yet others who are quite vicious are free to keep going on with their ill-informed rubbish,” she said.
Hanson joins an expanding gallery of public figures banned, suspended or shadow-banned by Twitter, that includes right-wing provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos, US president Donald Trump and a growing posse of white supremacists.