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Twitter Deletes Former Malaysian PM Mahathir's Tweet 'Glorifying' Nice Church Attack That Killed 3

File photo of Malaysian PM  Mahathir Mohammad

File photo of Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad

Twitter had initially labeled Mahathir Mohammad’s tweet with a disclaimer stating that the tweet violated the rules because it was in public interest. Later, Twitter deleted the tweet but left the thread on social media intact.

Twitter on Thursday removed former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohammad’s tweet on Nice knife attack for violating its rule and glorification of violence.

A knife attacker killed three people, cutting the throat of at least one woman, inside a church in Nice on the French Riviera on Thursday. The brutal killings come only two weeks after a French teacher was decapitated outside his school north of Paris by an Islamist extremist -- the teacher had shown his pupils cartoons of the Prophet Mohammed during a lesson on freedom of speech.

The tweet received outrage from people on social media with many calling out the former Malaysian PM, according to a report in NDTV.

France's Secretary for Digital Sector Cedric O condemned the post from the Mahathir and requested Twitter to suspend the account of the former Malaysian PM.

"If not, Twitter would be an accomplice to a formal call for murder. I just spoke with the Managing Director of Twitter France. The account of former Malaysian PM Mahathir Mohamad must be immediately suspended. If not, Twitter would be an accomplice to a formal call for murder," Cedric O said in a tweet.

The French authorities are treating the Nice knife attack as a terror attack, with the anti-terrorist prosecutor immediately opening an inquiry into "murder and attempted murder linked to a terrorist enterprise." President Emmanuel Macron called it an "Islamist terrorist attack".

Twitter had initially labeled Mahathir’s tweet with a disclaimer stating that the tweet violated the rules because it was in public interest. Later, Twitter deleted the tweet but left the thread on social media intact.

In a series of 13 tweets, Mahathir Mohammad posted from his twitter handle saying, “Macron is not showing that he is civilised. He is very primitive in blaming the religion of Islam and Muslims for the killing of the insulting school teacher.”

This comes after French President Macron criticised radical Islam in the country after a school teacher was beheaded by an 18-year-old for showing cartoons depicting Prophet Mohammed in class.

France has seen a wave of Islamist violence since the 2015 terror attacks on the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish supermarket in the capital.


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