Twitter suspends Japan PM critics

Occurred: July 2021

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Several critics of Japan Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide and his government's policies, notably concerning COVID-19 and the Olympic Games, have had their Twitter accounts suspended. 

No explanation was given for the suspension or for the subsequent restoration of the accounts, after a media and public backlash. 

Twitter later blamed the company's AI system.

Operator: Twitter
Developer: Twitter
Country: Japan
Sector: Politics
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Content moderation system
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Freedom of expression
Transparency: Governance; Black box; Complaints/appeals