As a writer, I've been harassed on Twitter. It happens. It comes with a public facing job. It may as well be in the job description. Over time, Twitter has been heavily criticized for the lack of ways to really protect people from this problem, including its relaxed reporting process for abusive accounts.
Luckily, Twitter's taking the criticisms to heart, and has rolled out a new program for reporting users. Under the new system, users receive updates on when the report was received and if Twitter has found any foul play. Only there's a twist: they sacrificed poor Waluigi on the altar in the process of explaining this.
This update is now rolled out to everyone. Here’s an example of the in-app notifications you can expect: pic.twitter.com/q6l7F5050w— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 10, 2018
In Twitter's example image, familiar Mario sorta-villain Waluigi (an inverse of Luigi that made his debut to the Mario series in Mario Tennis) makes an appearance next to the name "Example User 1." Example User 1 is guilty of the following: "Violating our rules against abusive profile information. Violating our rules against posting hateful imagery." Hateful imagery, by Twitter's definition, includes "logos, symbols, or images whose purpose is to promote hostility and malice against others based on their race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, or ethnicity/national origin." So in summary, Waluigi's an evil little shithead. Yikes. I'm sure Nintendo is not pleased seeing Waluigi portrayed in this harsh light.
As a result of this bizarre addition, Twitter has come alive with the hashtag #FreeWaluigi, believing the poor lanky menace has been "banned" improperly, even as the report says otherwise. In the replies to Twitter's original update, a Twitter user with the same identity—that is, "Example User 1" with a Waluigi icon—noted they were "still here." Waluigi Lives. Now about that Nintendo Direct?