Farmer claims TikTok have banned him for harassing vegans with turnip

A hill farmer has been thrown off social media app TikTok for "harassing and bullying" vegans with a turnip in videos that showcased his diet and why he would never be vegan.

Farmer Gareth Wyn Jones had produced a series of clips highlighting his love of a fry-up and why he could never be vegan, but discovered he had been blocked by the platform for the content when he tried to log into his account.

Gareth, who had 15,000 followers on the app, says the "powerful" campaign groups caused a vegan backlash that led to his account ban.

TikTok judged Gareth to be guilty of "harassment and bullying" after he brandished a turnip and said it was fertilised by livestock manure.

The ban for Gareth comes 16 months after a similar clash showed a video of a dead pheasant being prepared for lunch, but the farmer successfully appealed his ban for posting "violent and graphic content".

Gareth says he soon became a target of "militant vegans" after his ban was appealed, but the second ban appears to not bother Gareth all that much.

He said: "This is the second time I've been blocked by them and I'm not that bothered. I'm still on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. All I did was have a bit of fun. To be honest, I've actually been quite well behaved recently."

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Gareth, whose following on TikTok was one of the biggest in British farming, showed a video of himself clutching a turnip saying: "I'll tell you why I'm not a vegan and never will be – because I'm a farmer."

The farmer said he "wasn't going to lose sleep" over the TikTok ban, but as news emerged of the ban being lifted, he joked: "Winner winner, no vegan dinner."

He added: "We have to question the impact on freedom of speech when pressure groups can get people banned from online platforms.

"People are free to make up their own mind about livestock farming. These groups will keep attacking us and all we can do is to continue what we have been doing for centuries, which is producing food for the nation. And perhaps have a little bit of fun as well."

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