8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended

Move came after Licypriya Kangujam complained about being called 'Greta of India'
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 3, 2020 12:50 PM CST
8-Year-Old Climate Activist's Twitter Account Suspended
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Licypriya Kangujam may be a young climate activist, but the 8-year-old is not "the Greta Thunberg of India." And after she pointed that out, she says, Twitter suspended her account. As the Daily Dot reports, the problems apparently started after Kangujam posted a series of tweets complaining about the media's insistence on comparing her to Thunberg, the well-known 17-year-old Swedish climate activist. "Stop calling me 'Greta of India'. I am not doing my activism to (look) like Greta Thunberg. Yes, she is one of our Inspiration & great influencer. We have common goal but I have my own identity, story. I began my movement since July 2018 even before Greta was started," reads one of the tweets, from Jan. 26. "My recent post was never against anyone or never abusive to anyone in particular," she told WION after the suspension.

BuzzFeed reports her account was suspended for 10 hours, with no immediate explanation from Twitter, but that it was ultimately restored and given the coveted blue "verified" checkmark. Kangujam's parents say they were told by Twitter they needed to explicitly state they run the account, since the service's rules dictate users must be at least 13 years old. The family also runs the Child Movement Twitter account, after Kangujam launched the movement in 2018. Kangujam has also complained about the media's failure to cover her activism due to her race: After meeting with a government official Jan. 31 and tweeting that he told her "Gujarat will be the second state after Rajasthan to include climate change as a compulsory subject in the school education curriculum," she added, "I know media will not highlight this because I’m not white." (More climate change stories.)

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