Deranged individual Brad Flutey has been banned from Facebook on his personal page for thirty days after making a hateful comment on the profile of Sam Hudson, founder of thisquality.
On August 24, Flutey was kicked out of a Whangārei's Regent Countdown supermarket for not wearing a face mask. In the midst, essential workers doing their job were harassed all because he couldn't get his own way or present a valid mask exemption to enter.
thisquality reported the story of him being kicked out of the supermarket as a breaking news event which gained a significant amount of attention, especially from Flutey in a number of live streams to his page Outspoken — harassing Mr Hudson for approving the story.
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The following day, Mr Hudson posted to his personal profile a meme of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern holding up a sheet of paper recapping the moment Flutey was kicked out of the supermarket.
“Come on Brad, show some compassion,” he wrote.
“The supermarkets remain open, Brad Flutey. You Just have to wear your mask and scan in. #BeKindToOurEssentialWorkers.”
The post gained traction with over one hundred and forty comments. Most of which were in favour of Flutey — criticising the government's measures put in place to stop the Covid-19 Delta variant from spreading in the community — bothered that the post exists. However, it was made with free will.
One individual commented that it was ‘not journalism', further adding Mr Hudson should ‘take it down and say sorry'.
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Flutey was tagged by his alleged followers in the comments section. He'd made a comment directing ‘disgusting' and ‘hateful' threats to Mr Hudson.
“Sam the way you conduct yourself in journalism now echoes into eternity. The twits in charge now won't be in charge forever, and you'll still need to be a journalist that relies on government funding because you are quite sh*t at it.”
He added; “nobody needs to justify” a reason to wear a mask. However, an individual needs to justify not wearing a mask. It is recommended that they be polite to essential workers when doing so. The opposite was inflicted on that dreadful day when he was kicked out for doing all the wrong things and making nonsensical excuses.
“Only a fool would assume that people like myself won't ever occupy the halls of power. If that ever happens, you'll never work in journalism again. You're a childish opinion writer who wouldn't know a fact if I smashed you over the head with one.”
“What you do now echoes into eternity, and people who trade the pursuit of truth for popularity will end up being viewed as the deplorable minority again.”
In a second comment below, Flutey threatened Mr Hudson saying “I know where you live” in an attempt to sound intelligent for the unfortunate embarrassment he had to face at the supermarket.
Reports were made to appropriate authorities for reason of inciting hate speech and intent to plan or carry out alleged motives to hurt a known public figure working in the industry of news media.
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The comments were removed for a brief period, then appealed by the deranged individual where they reappeared. A third report enforced the comment to be taken down and it has been noted for reference in future.
A news tip sent by a reader of thisquality showed a screenshot of their report of the comment being successfully taken down.
He faces thirty days of a ban from posting or live streaming to his page from his personal profile. Though he's been using alternative accounts going against Facebook Community Standards to continue his messaging.
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