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NZ PM Jacinda Ardern receives death threats on social media

Police in New Zealand are investigating death threats sent to Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern on social media.

According to the NZ Herald, a Twitter post containing a photo of a gun and captioned “You are next” was sent to the prime minister.

Another post tagged Ardern and the New Zealand police said “next it’s you”.

A spokesperson for the Prime Minister’s Office said Twitter “seems to have algorithms for everything else and they owe the public a duty of care”.

Twitter suspended the account which contained anti-Islamic content and white supremacist hate speech.

The posts were pointed out to Twitter itself after the social networking giant tweeted a message of support following the Christchurch mosque attacks last Friday which left 50 people dead.

The New Zealand prime minister has been hailed internationally following her reaction and the handling of the situation.

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