By Simon JenkinsRead moreThe most recent round of Twitter wars between a cartoonist and a journalist were sparked when, in June, an illustrator and journalist, who were in a row over a comic strip, both accused each other of “unfair and inane” comments.
A day later, the cartoonist, Jonathan McIntosh, was removed from Twitter, a move that sparked a furious reaction from Twitter users, who accused McIntosh of censoring their own content.
“You can’t even make jokes like that in a public forum,” McIntosh wrote on Twitter.
“How about we stop calling you a troll, and let’s stop calling each other trolls.”
He added: “If you think you’re better than me, ask yourself: how do you make a joke like that without triggering someone?”
Twitter’s guidelines on hate speech and harassment are explicit: “When an account or person repeatedly makes content that is offensive or threatens harm to others, including through speech or behavior, it may result in the suspension or removal of that account or user from the platform.”
A Twitter spokesperson said the company would not comment on whether it took action against McIntosh.
The cartoonist told the New Scientist: “I’m a little annoyed that I was removed as a result of this incident, which was very poorly handled.”
A spokesman for Twitter said it had been “working closely with the artist” and “trying to get back in touch with him” to discuss the matter.
McIntosh told the paper that he was “deeply sorry” for his tweet.