Japan PM critics' Twitter suspension

July 2021
Updated: January 2022

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
Country: Japan
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Content moderation
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Freedom of expression - censorship
Transparency: Governance; Black box