Public Safety Minister calls on Twitter Canada to address ‘abusive’ tweet directed at CMA president

Public Protection Minister Marco Mendicino is calling on Twitter Canada to handle a tweet despatched to Canadian Scientific Affiliation president Dr. Katharine Sensible, saying the tweet “poses risks to the well being and safety of well being-care employees.”

His letter, addressed to Twitter Canada’s coping with director Paul Burns, is about a tweet sent to Good on Dec. 22 by way of an account beneath the care for “@AsktheBrownDoc1.” 

“Are you scared you are next @KatharineSmart?” the tweet reads. “a gaggle of us who can’t stand you will have been seeing you and your loved ones for weeks … and have already got a few nice pictures … just biding our time for the easiest time!”

In his letter, Mendicino mentioned the tweet is threatening.

“i am writing to express critical concerns relating to an abusive tweet that was once just lately posted to Canadian Scientific Association President Dr. Katharine Sensible’s Twitter timeline and which poses risks to the well being and protection of healthcare workers in the discharge of their professional duties,” the letter reads.

1/ We Are calling on @Twitter to deal with an abusive tweet recently posted to @CMA_Docs President Dr. Katharine Smart’s timeline. The transparent cause of the tweet was once to intimidate Dr. Smart and her circle of relatives and intervene with her work throughout the pandemic. pic.twitter.com/C8Q6yTaqsE

—@marcomendicino

The letter says Dr. Smart reported the tweet to Twitter, however that the social media company ruled it didn’t violate Twitter’s insurance policies. the company did not put off the tweet.

Alternatively, the Twitter account behind it appears to were deleted.

Mendicino said he disagrees with Twitter’s resolution to not dispose of the tweet. 

“i am asking you to rethink your determination to depart the tweet on your platform, for the reason that it appears to instantly contravene your laws, and because permitting such feedback to be published additionally puts healthcare employees in peril of further abuse and intimidation,” Mendicino mentioned within the letter.

“If left revealed and unchecked, the content in question may just negatively affect the power of healthcare workers to inform and provide recommendation to the general public regarding the pandemic,” he persevered.

The letter mentions that Dr. Smart pronounced the tweet to the police.

Threats, harassment and intimidation are not applicable. @TwitterSafety told me this tweet ⬇️ did not violate their regulations. Both @NaheedD and @NathanStall won threats of a “bounty” to inspire surveillance.

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