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Twitter says Tout le monde en parle account suspension was an error

A Twitter user claimed credit for the suspension early Friday morning, saying they reported the account for being a "terror apologist."

User taking credit for suspension says Radio-Canada is a 'terror apologist'

Host Guy A. Lepage responded to an user claiming credit for the suspension, saying 'we will remedy this quickly.' (Karine Dufour/Avanti Groupe)

Update: Twitter reinstated Tout le monde en parle's Twitter account Saturday.

"It was actioned in error as part of our regular monitoring for content that is not within our Twitter Rules. We have since corrected this error," a Twitter spokesperson said. 

The original story follows.


Twitter has suspended the account of one of Radio-Canada's most popular talk shows, Tout le monde en parle.

A Twitter user claimed credit for the suspension early Friday morning, saying they reported the account, which had over 100,000 followers, for being a "terror apologist."

Host Guy A. Lepage responded, tweeting "we will remedy this quickly." 

It is unclear which tweets resulted in the suspension.

In its most recent season, Omar Khadr appeared on the French-language television program, where he was asked to recount his time in the military prison of Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Khadr reached a $10.5 million dollar settlement with the federal government in 2017, after the Supreme Court of Canada unanimously ruled his rights had been violated.

"The deprivation of [Khadr's] right to liberty and security of the person is not in accordance with the principles of fundamental justice," the court ruled in 2010.

The ruling said that Khadr, who was a minor when he was transferred to Guantanamo, did not have access to a lawyer and was subjected to torture.

The Alberta Court of Appeal ordered Khadr be released on bail on May 7, 2015.

The federal government spent years in court arguing that Khadr should not be released, before agreeing to the settlement in 2017.

Controversial settlement

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been criticized for settling with Khadr.

Khadr was captured in Afghanistan in 2002, when he was 15 years old. He had been shot in a firefight where he was accused of throwing a grenade that killed Sgt. Christopher Speer, a U.S. special forces soldier.

A year later, he was transported to Guantanamo, where he remained until he was transferred to a maximum-security prison near Kingston, Ont. in 2012.

While in Guantanamo, he pleaded guilty to killing Speer, though Khadr maintains he was coerced into making his confession.

"It was the only choice, unfortunately," Khadr told the audience on Tout le monde en parle, saying he would have never been able to leave Guantanamo if he had not confessed.

"In Guantanamo, you have to lose to win."

He now lives in Alberta, but his legal battles in the United States continue.

Twitter has come under fire for its moderation practices, which critics say are inconsistent.

The company did not immediately return a request for comment.