Twitter user suspended for horrifying homophobic posts about Manchester terror attack
A Twitter user has been suspended after writing homophobic posts in the aftermath of the terror attack on an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester.
At least 22 people died and 59 were injured after the bombing, which took place at the end of Ariana’s show at the Manchester Arena.
Police have confirmed that the bombing is being treated as a terrorist incident and that the single attacker died at the scene.
Greater Manchester Police announced earlier today that they have arrested a second man, aged 23, in connection with the attack.
An eight-year-old and 18-year-old have been confirmed as being among the dead.
Following the bombing, many people have used Twitter for good causes, including spreading images and details about missing people such as 29-year-old Martyn Hett.
Mancunians have also used the site to offer free accommodation to concert attendees left stranded, using the hashtag #RoomForManchester.
Twitter user @AntMcfc_ had no such good intentions.
His first post, sent in the immediate fallout of the attack, read: “Sickening stuff happening at the Manchester Arena.
“If you’re going to bomb the place at least get Canal Street.”
Canal Street is the centre of the Manchester Gay Village.
After being confronted by other users who were offended by his tweet, the person replied.
They wrote: “Never said I want them murdered but if there’s a choice of bomb location I’d rather them than normal people.”
After being reported to Twitter by multiple people, the social media site suspended his account.
— Shyam (@pronouncedsham) May 22, 2017
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— N A T H A N (@Nathan_Saunders) May 22, 2017
@AntMcfc_ Really? REALLY? You've been reported for homophobic tweets.
— Stephen (@7_S_t_e_1) May 22, 2017
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