on Twitter article Two years ago, the social media giant Twitter started cracking down on “sarcasm” posts, which they said were intended to be offensive or harmful.
In August 2016, they suspended one of its most popular editors, @Kanad_Khan, after he retweeted a story that falsely claimed he had died of cancer.
After months of criticism, he eventually apologized and took a leave of absence from the company.
“I sincerely regret my actions,” Khan wrote in an email to Mashable.
“To the best of my knowledge, I never intended to offend anyone, and I am profoundly sorry.
I am not a racist, sexist, homophobic, transphobic, or ableist person.
I’m also not a misogynist.
I never said I was going to kill anyone, even though I said I would.”
However, in a statement sent to Mashables, Twitter acknowledged that Khan had been “mischaracterized” in the article.
“While we recognize that our community has been vocal in their criticism of Mr. Khan, we recognize the harm caused by some of the language used in his tweets,” the company said.
“It was never our intent to be insensitive to those who were upset by what he had said, or to harm his personal feelings.”
Khan’s apology came after more than a year of controversy.
In 2016, Khan was criticized for retweeting an article that incorrectly claimed he was a serial killer.
The tweet was later deleted and apologized to his supporters.
But, Khan later claimed he thought the tweet was racist.
He later apologized to the writer and the article was removed from his Twitter feed.