Twitter accidentally suspends the account of founder and CEO Jack Dorsey

Twitter accidentally suspends the account of founder and CEO Jack Dorsey
Twitter has been suspending accounts left and right lately for being abusive. This has been going on throughout the contentious presidential election and its aftermath, as other Twitter users flagged what they considered to be demeaning comments. Twitter will also suspend accounts of subscribers it considers to be aligned with terrorism. Over the year, it has suspended 360,000 accounts for this reason.

Last night, Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey discovered what it feels like to have a Twitter account deactivated. Dorsey's Twitter privileges were suspended by accident, kicking him off the service he helped create until after 9pm EST on Tuesday. When his account was reactivated, it originally showed less than 200 followers. Eventually, all 3.8 million of them were returned.

Dorsey said that an "internal mistake" was the reason behind the suspension. Ironically, it took place just when the company has been looking to more quickly suspend accounts that violate its rules. And speaking of rules, yesterday Twitter reminded law enforcement officials and others that it prohibits the use of Twitter data for surveillance purposes.

When Dorsey's account was reactivated, he tweeted, "just setting up my twttr...again (account suspension was an internal mistake)". This was a humorous reference to the very first tweet sent by Dorsey on March 21st, 2006. That tweet read, "just setting up my twttr".

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source: @jack via WSJ

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