Australia deletes thousands of comments on Mack Horton’s Instagram profile

  • Swimmer’s page had been targeted after ‘drug cheat’ comments
  • Australian Olympic Committee clean up gold medal winner’s account

Thousands of vitriolic comments left on Australian swimmer Mack Horton’s Instagram account have been deleted by the Australian Olympic Committee. Netizens, many of them Chinese, bombarded Horton’s social media accounts after he called Chinese swimming rival Sun Yang a “drug cheat” before they competed in Saturday’s men’s 400m freestyle final, demanding that he apologise.

By Wednesday, all comments – which numbered at least 200,000 on one photo post alone – had disappeared from Horton’s page. “My staff are instructed to remove any comments that are offensive and in breach of the AOC’s social media guidelines. Comments must not be disrespectful, threatening or in poor taste,” AOC’s director of media and communications, Mike Tancred, told Reuters.

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