By TIM REYNOLDS | 07 April 2016 13:00:38Updated April 08, 2016 16:07:07A woman who has made several jokes about pregnant women has been banned from using Twitter for a year.
The ban is the latest in a string of bans in recent months that have seen celebrities and politicians suspended or disowned.
The hashtag “Pregnancy jokes” was created in December 2015, and in the months following, it has been used by a number of prominent people including pop star Rihanna, and actor Jamie Foxx, who has since come out as a gay man.
The jokes have not only offended many, but have also made many feel uncomfortable.
Twitter said it had taken the decision to ban the woman, known only as @PregnancyJoke, after it found the content was “clearly unsuitable for the platform”.
The ban comes just two weeks after another prominent woman, comedian Katie Price, was suspended from Twitter after she joked about her own pregnancy.
Price tweeted a picture of herself holding her baby, captioned “Not too pregnant yet, right?” and captioned, “That’s it, now.
That’s my first baby.”
Price later apologised for the tweet and said she had been “lucky” she had made it out unscathed.
“I’m not ashamed.
It’s a good joke, I’m just not proud of it,” Price said.
Twitter has also banned two men in recent years for making jokes about rape and abortion, after their tweets led to protests and criticism of the social media platform.
Earlier this year, comedian John Oliver also faced an immediate ban after posting a photo of himself holding an abortion pill and captioning it, “I know I should have had a baby.”
A spokesman for Twitter said in a statement that the company had decided to “ban this person from using our platform for one year and we will continue to work closely with law enforcement and social media companies to address this issue”.
“This decision comes at a difficult time for many people across the US and the world, who are trying to figure out how to express their own views without getting in trouble with their employers,” the statement said.
“We know that many of our community members feel this ban will not change their views, but that doesn’t mean we’re not committed to listening to them and understanding their views.”
This ban will continue until a better solution is found.
“The bans come amid a growing debate over whether the internet can be used to promote or encourage rape and other crimes.
Twitter was one of the first social media platforms to allow users to report harassment, after a number women said they had been the target of abusive behaviour online.
In October, the company banned a user who was reported for sharing a photograph of herself carrying a child.
In March, it banned another user who used the hashtag “punch the feminist” to mock feminists.
The company has also been criticised for failing to protect users from abuse and hate speech online, including the hashtag #freespeech.
Twitter also faces criticism for its lack of enforcement, which has seen accounts and accounts associated with celebrities blocked from the platform.
A spokeswoman for Twitter told the BBC the company “cannot guarantee that its actions will always be perfect”, and added: “The vast majority of the people who make these jokes, whether it is real or imagined, are extremely good people.””
It’s our job to be the internet for all, but we have a responsibility to make sure that these things don’t happen.