UPDATE [August 8, 2019]: Your Twitter account may have been suspended by accident
Since yesterday, August 6, 2019, in a manner akin to the probability random sampling of Marvel’s Thanos, Twitter has been suspending quite a number of accounts on its platform.
I can't even use my main account anymore until the suspension is done, it just keeps telling me I'm suspended and then after a few times of my clicking "continue to twitter" it says this ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/eGgB1Zp7KO
— Jordank 2 (@2Jordank) August 3, 2019Advertisement
Twitter, of course, is well known for strategic suspensions and strict rules. The nature and reason for these suspensions is not very clear.
My babe’s account was suspended, he is the most unproblematic person on this street. Just tweets his thoughts and shares insightful links. @Twitter please why??
— Growth Queen (@oluremi_x) August 6, 2019
However, responding to Techpoint’s enquiry, a Twitter spokesperson said: “We regularly review tweets and accounts against the Twitter Rules and take action if we find violations. If an account has questions about their suspension they can reach out to us and appeal.”
Just before the 2019 general elections in February, in a similar manner, a number of Nigerian ‘influencers’ faced the brunt of Twitter’s discipline. A Business Insider report revealed that Twitter carried out the suspensions as a part of its election integrity efforts.
This time around, analysis of suspended accounts do not seem to follow any regular pattern, nor does it seem to be a ‘respecter of persons’. Users with thousands of followers, a few hundred, tens, and units have all been affected.
Funny thing if it were only “twitter influencers” that got suspended only as usual there would have been subs upandan on the TL o but this time around Jack sprinkled some business, slay queens and random accounts on this episode.
— Mazi Ibe (@MaziIbe_) August 6, 2019
I build a @Twitter account that was based on love and a photography community. I never bantered anyone or showed any signs of hate. It's totally unfair that account @thekashope got suspended. It's fine Sha, he who is down need fear no fall. pic.twitter.com/7gNVy6K1a8
— Nigeria Based Photographer (@thenewkashope) August 7, 2019
Also, it doesn’t appear to be tied down to any particular country or region as complaints have come from different countries besides Nigeria.
Check your own worth that you can't confront a twitter account
What else for are you capable of?
— سرکار (@Arehman110) August 7, 2019
So @twitter suspended @squintneon for trying to evade permanent suspension. means they are confessing there is nothing hateful or abusive enough to get squinty suspended permanently but we are suspending just because we can. #RestoreSquintNeon pic.twitter.com/hPhJF9ePCd
— Chan (@Halal_Kaffir) August 7, 2019
In line with these developments, several users are noticing a reduction in the number of followers they have. As of yesterday, Techpoint observed a slight reduction in the number of followers on its Twitter page.
// My follower count didn't go down? Expected to lose mutuals from my followers..
— Shintaro Aihara (Fan Account) (@Gamer_Seto) August 7, 2019
Why have i lost like 40 followers overnight :( , says i follow 0 but i follow everyone still my account got suspended and its bugging out likes and rts are appreciated ❤️ pic.twitter.com/u7puJx5w7Q
— Pépé SZN (@Pepeology) August 6, 2019
Naturally, this event has led to several speculations by several users who are understandably shocked.
Suspended Twitter users, what are you doing wrong?
— 𝔗𝔥𝔢 𝔑𝔦𝔤𝔥𝔱 𝔎𝔦𝔫𝔤 ♚ (@TheDodoLover) August 7, 2019
There’s no way 3 accs suspended all at once?
There must be someone purposely made a change without permission?
3. @AB13_pt2 @Twitter , @TwitterSupport Please help revive our fanbases#MPN #BTS #ARMY @BTS_twt
"WE ARE BULLETPROOF" pic.twitter.com/yxtCD3EAxR
— BTS WORLDWIDE 🌎 (@btsworIdwide) August 7, 2019
To all accounts pages and fansites;
Twitter is taking down all accounts that get copyright strikes. Refrain from tweeting any dance practice videos as they are almost always copyrighted- many accounts have been suspended YEARS after theyve started because of this. Please rt
— ' (@hyunapics__) August 7, 2019
Some have even gone as far as calling for a petition.
— MPM15 (@TheRealMPM15) August 7, 2019
And of course, those providing their own brand of solutions.
They can’t suspend you if they can’t see you pic.twitter.com/87FPwJF9S2
— H🐥 (@Hoekage77) August 6, 2019
Be there mocking influencers because their accounts got suspended.
The reality is, you'll still be in your 100+ plus followers, and they'll use the same trick as always to build a new account and still become YOUR INFLUENCER again.
Instead of mocking them, learn how they do it. pic.twitter.com/AqgwfyNEZF
— MAX (@Maximo_LEI) August 7, 2019
The narrative might begin to take on a different shape on closer review. In the meantime, we enjoin our readers to maintain decorum and continue using social media responsibly.
If your account has been suspended and for the sake of prevention, kindly glance over Twitter’s rulebook.
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