Let me introduce you to @MrKennethTong.
This is a Twitter account associated with a one-time reality show contestant. Presumably he is the one who uses the account, though one cannot be certain. My comments below go to whoever operates the account.
The @MrKennethTong account is self-promotional and, in Twitter terms, fairly popular. At the time of writing it has 17,412 followers.
However, it is not a pleasant account. It is used to relentlessly promote "size zero" body shapes for women and something dangerous and abusive called "managed anorexia". Although one can be sure that the person using the account believes they are exercising free speech, it may well be that promoting such harmful health practices should be prohibited.
But the point of this blogpost is not to ask in some general philosophical way whether the statements published on a Twitter account such as @MrKennethTong should be (or could be) banned.
Instead, there is a particular tweet which causes serious concern.
The @MrKennethTong account often boasts that the author is sufficiently wealthy to be able to do what he wants.
So on 29 December 2010, it was unsurprising that he published the tweet at the bottom of the screengrab below.
The one which followed, at the top of the screengab, is extraordinary and it is the one which causes the serious concern.
Let's go through the exchange slowly.
First, he states that because of his wealth "you can say, do and think anything without penalty, as you have no one to be accountable to". This reads as mere bravado and is unspecific: just a boast of a fool.
The challenge is then made:break the law let's see what happens. It is important here to note the terms of the challenge: it is not "avoid" or "get round" the law. Instead, it is in respect of breaking the law.
When faced with this stark challenge, @MrKennethTong posts a link. This is in reply to the challenge in respect of him breaking the law. The link is also not neutrally posted. The tweeter adds a ";-)" to the end of the tweet.
The link is to a news story which states the supposed author of @MrKennethTong has been cleared of allegations of sexual assault.
What should we make of this response?
Is @MrKennethTong suggesting that the link is an example of him breaking the law "without penalty"?
Is it even an implicit admission of guilt of the allegation of sexual assault?
It is simply not clear.
We can go no further than what @MrKennethTong says on the point. Certainly there is no other information available from which one can infer such a view. I certainly make no suggestion that he was guilty of the original allegations, but I do wonder what @MrKennethTong is suggesting.
If the tweet is not an implicit admission of guilt, and there is some other explanation, it still seems to me to be an inappropriate link to post in that context.
To show off like this being cleared of a sexual assault allegation is, on any view, vile.
The author of @MrKennethTong clearly craves attention, indeed notoriety. He seems to like the negative reactions, the bad things being said.
So he can add the following to his collection.
There is no basis, other than perhaps his tweet, for believing the sexual assault allegations are correct: but his promotion generally of the dangerous and abusive "managed anorexia" - and the boastful tweet of that link in particular - would not make me think any less of him than if the allegations were true.
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