Table tennis gold medalist Mizutani speaks out against online abuse



On Saturday, the paddler posted a video on Twitter of lengthy abusive direct messages sent to him from an anonymous account.

“I will contact all parties concerned to take the necessary action,” Mizutani wrote, adding that he had recorded screenshots of the malicious messages so that he could take action.

Twitter’s guidelines state that it does not tolerate content that calls for harming any person or group of people, and an account may be asked to remove content or be permanently suspended after review if it turns out that it does. he mainly engages in abusive behavior. The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The Japanese Olympic Committee has set up a special team to patrol the social media accounts of athletes participating in the Tokyo Games to report malicious online posts to authorities, local media reported in June. The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Reuters.

The Japan Metropolitan Police Department will take appropriate action if the athletes file a report, a spokesperson said.

“If I leave all the online abuse that I receive as is, the target will be shifted to other athletes, so I think I have to deal with it properly now,” Mizutani said.

“I am one of the oldest and have experience, so I want to be a leader in eliminating defamation online,” he added.


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