Allegations have been made against YUSU LGBTQ Officer, Jack Chadwick, that he hijacked the official Officer Twitter account and posted several inflammatory Tweets, one including the infamous #KillAllWhiteMen hashtag.
Huw James, Gay Convenor of the LGBTQ Network, blasted the elected officer saying, “Jack Chadwick claims that it was due to someone hacking into his twitter and that he’s not liable.
“Personally I find it hard to believe that someone with the exact same views as Jack Chadwick hacked into his accounts and posted from them, or had the time of day to care for committing identity fraud for this purpose.”
Between 4pm and 6pm on Sunday night, the YUSU LGBTQ Officer’s official account published tweets including, “Liberalism saturates LGBTQ activism, makes our politics all about faux safety & sound language. Kill the liberal in yr life 2day.”
These were then retweeted by Jack Chadwick’s personal account at the time and he also tweeted similar political messages from his own account.
Chadwick defended himself saying: “Several accounts were hacked over the weekend, which led to a couple of colourful tweets.
“The response to these tweets has played into the intentions of whoever tweeted them.
“We need to all learn to stop taking Twitter so seriously and redirect our outrage at the real threats to LGBTQ people, like the mental health crisis and cuts to services like homeless shelters that lots of us need to get by.”
One of the tweets (pictured) attracted a critical reply from former Labour Society Chair Callum Shannon only to be greeted with “#killallwhitemen lol” as a response.
A further tweet shared a link to a Telegraph article about Bahar Mustafa, the Student Diversity Officer at Goldsmiths who tweeted #KillAllWhiteMen and retained her position, despite national controversy.
A member of the LGBTQ Network, Emily Pownall also responded critically, saying, “Not calling for neutrality either. You can be progressive whilst hearing legitimate political perspectives from other sides.”
The response was “sounds like tone policing 2me. Kill the tone police #acab”.
Chadwick’s fellow LGBTQ Officer, Evie Paffard, later took control of the account and released an apology before deactivating it.
She also resigned from her position, adding on Facebook: “I refuse to be implicated in the online Twitter drama…
“I do not endorse anything that is currently being tweeted and refuse to be implicated in it.”
A member of LGBTQ Network who wished to remain anonymous told York Vision that Jack Chadwick had published “questionable tweets” in the past that matched up to the same ones on his personal account at the same time, much like in this instance.
They also claimed that the perceived political affiliations of the culprit were “Jack all over”.
Although the tweets were not endorsed by the network, Callum Shannon felt they were indicative of a wider problem.
He told York Vision: “Tweets like these are the very reason that I don’t feel comfortable attending network.
“One of the officers makes it a very unwelcoming place for anybody who doesn’t share their far left political views and seems far more preoccupied with furthering their own petty political agenda than being a voice for the LGBTQ students they’re supposed to be representing.”
“They don’t represent me!” he added.