Premier deletes Twitter account after X-rated link revealed

Daniel MacEachern dmaceachern@thetelegram.com
Published on April 18, 2013
Premier Kathy Dunderdale. — Photo by Joe Gibbons/The Telegram

Premier Kathy Dunderdale said she deleted her Twitter profile Wednesday night after discovering it was linked to a pornographic account.

Following Tuesday’s ejection of NDP MHA Gerry Rogers from the House of Assembly over her membership in an anti-Dunderdale Facebook group in which some of the users made death threats against the premier, a CBC news report revealed questionable associations among PC members’ own social media profiles, including that the premier’s Twitter account was following an X-rated profile that promotes pornographic videos.

“When I found that somebody had attached disturbing material to my account, I dissassociated myself with it immediately and took it down immediately,” said the premier Thursday morning, adding that she has been involved in anti-violence work her entire life. “I particularly understand how pornography contributes to violence against women and the degradation of women, and let me tell you, I am not going to be associated with anything that promotes that kind of behaviour.”

The premier said her Twitter account hasn’t been active for a year — purposefully.

“I have decided to disengage from Twitter,” she said. “I don’t mind if my cabinet ministers or my ministers or other people do it, but as premier of the province, I have taken the position, personally, that I don’t want to be engaged.”

Dunderdale said she accepted Rogers’ explanation that she was added to the group without her knowledge, but noted Rogers has refused to remove her Facebook account from the group.

“Given that she said that she had no knowledge about her being added to the group, that that was done without her knowledge, I accepted that,” said Dunderdale. “I said, ‘Fair enough. You didn’t know that you were on the group. But now you do, so are you going to dissassociate yourself with the messaging that’s there, in signficiant amounts on the site?’ And she’s chosen to do something else, and I think that’s really disappointing, but it is what is.”

Dunderdale said MHAs are held to a higher standard. “We live in public life. We’re examples to people. We need to be careful about what we’re doing.”

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