Japan PM critics' Twitter suspension
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.
Purpose: Moderate content
Technology: Content moderation
Issue: Accuracy/reliability; Freedom of expression - censorship
Opacity: Governance; Black box