The Australian navy pulled the Twitter account of its most senior Muslim officer and "counselled" her on the way it was used after it attracted "a growing number of contentious comments", the Department of Defence has confirmed.

Defence backtracked on an earlier statement that Captain Mona Shindy's @navyislamic account was deleted as part of a strategy to "consolidate its social media platforms".

The account's disappearance around 21 December suggests a new, more tightly controlled direction for the navy's use of Shindy as one of the public faces of its diversity push.

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