Does Alliance Party stand over deleted post?

Upper Bann MP Carla Lockhart has said a now-deleted message from an Alliance Party social media account appeared to be an attempt to bully a member of another political party. The post on X (Twitter) appeared to threaten the individual with an “embarrassing little secret”.

By Carla Lockhart MP

Upper Bann

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The DUP MP said, “Online bullying is a problem which has impacted representatives from every party, including Alliance. In most cases such posts are from anonymous trolls, rather than from an official Party account.

This post appears to be a clear attempt to bully or intimidate a member of another party with a threat to expose an “embarrassing little secret”. Given the message has now been deleted we deserve an explanation. Does the Alliance Party make a habit of holding such information about others, and why would someone in their Party feel that it is acceptable to make such an insinuation either publicly or privately.

Naomi Long has said in the past “social media needs to do better. Bullies need to be held accountable”. She was quite right, but is the Alliance Party prepared to be held accountable in this instance? It is right that we call on social media companies to do more, but responsibility lies too with those who decide to send late-night abusive tweets, even if they do delete them in the morning.”

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