Provocative Twitter account suspended, SA both baffled and relieved

Provocative Twitter account suspended, SA both baffled and relieved

- Popular Twitter account Man's Not Barry Roux was suspended earlier this week

- South Africans who believe the account holds those in power to account, believe the ban is against freedom of speech

- Others believe the suspension is long-overdue

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The popular satirical Twitter account, Man’s Not Barry Roux was suspended by the social media platform for unknown reasons. The Twitter user who goes by the handle @AdvBarryRoux, was on a forced hiatus from social media, which left South Africans in suspense as to why the controversial figure has been suspended.

@AdvBarryRoux has a significant following on Twitter owing to his topical and provocative tweets and has become somewhat of a watchdog on social media, often drawing South Africans’ attention to political misgivings and latest news, found.

Consequently, this is not his first time at the rodeo and the account has been suspended before.

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While the real-life identity of the popular figure is not publicly known, the account has been rumoured to have ties to the political party Economic Freedom Fighters and has fondly become known by social media as the 'Twitter C-I-C'.

Although Man’s Not has a significant fan-base, not all Twitter users are as appreciative of his confrontational style and callous tweets. Social media was divided on whether or not the banning was a blessing of an attempt to curtail freedom of speech.

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The account's name is a parody of the advocate who became a household name during the overly-publicized trial of Paralympian Oscar Pistorius.

TimesLive reported that a Twitter spokesperson said that the platform cannot comment as to why the account was suspended for privacy and security reasons that are outlined in their sites official Rules.

Twitter’s policy to ensure the safety of its users involves the right to suspend or ban accounts who compromise the safety of other users.

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