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PremierLeague-News.Com - The sister of an IRA murder victim has slammed Twitter for banning this journalist and the Sunday Life newspaper over posts about crime boss Daniel Kinahan while being “painfully slow to act” over horrendous abuse she has faced.
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! "The sister of an IRA murder victim has slammed Twitter for banning this journalist and the Sunday Life newspaper over posts about crime boss Daniel Kinahan while being “painfully slow to act” over horrendous abuse she has faced. Ann Travers said she has been told that she deserves a bullet in the head and that she should have shot along with her sister Mary, who was killed by the IRA in 1984.The family were ambushed as they left Mass at St Brigid’s Church near their family home in the Malone Road area of Belfast. Tom Travers, the girls’ father, was a resident magistrate.Twitter temporarily banned the account of this journalist and of Sunday Life for “violating rules against posting private media of an individual from a country with a recognized right to privacy law” after we tweeted about Kinahan.Ms Travers said: “I find it unbelievable that Twitter would suspend the accounts of a credible, named journalist, and a newspaper, for tweeting entirely legitimate material while it stands idly by as I am subjected to the most offensive and vile abuse.“The process of challenging it, having it removed, and trying to trace those behind it is lengthy and cumbersome. Yet Twitter acted swiftly and seamlessly in response to tweets about a crime boss.”Ms Travers said that she received endless abuse on the social media platform: “There are the usual insults about my personal appearance. I’ve been told that I deserve a bullet in the head and that I should have been shot .“One account said they hoped I’d choke to death on my food. Lies have been told about my father. It’s been said that he used Mary as a human shield. It’s all to bully me and intimidate me off Twitter. They want me to close my account and lose my voice.”Ms Travers said that most of the abuse came from pop-up accounts. “They will appear almost out of nowhere – they aren’t following me – and will post five or six tweets in quick succession before disappearing again.
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. It seems very co-ordinated. While I know I should have a thick skin by now, I find it extremely hard to deal with.“Twitter is failing on many levels. It is painfully slow to take action against anonymous accounts spewing bile.”Ms Travers, who lives in Co Wicklow, said that she decided to take firm action last August. “I’d just had enough so I went to gardai with screenshots and reported a few accounts.“I was seeking a court order to ensure that Twitter kept the tweets on their system, even if the accounts were deactivated, so the IP numbers could be traced.“Gardai liased with the police in San Francisco. They contacted me again in January to say they needed a second statement from me. I made that but in April they came back to me again to say it would be at least another six months before it could be before the American courts to secure the IP numbers.”Ms Travers accused Twitter of having no understanding of her situation. “They don’t know what it’s like to be traumatised by the Troubles. In my experience, what they consider free speech, I find harassing and hateful. I have had nightmares as a result of it all. I dream of people coming to kill me, of shootings and bombings, and I wake up in a state of panic and deep distress.”"
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