This may sound extremely weird but Twitter suspended its co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey’s account. At around 6pm EST last evening, around 4.30am today in India, the account disappeared before coming back online after about 3 hours.
Those who tried to reach Dorsey’s handle were met with a message saying “The account you are trying to view has been suspended”. In the recent months, Twitter has taken a stricter stance against people violating its rules. The microblogging website has frequently suspended such accounts, however, it is not clear what actually caused Dorsey’s account suspension.
The suspension affected Dorsey more than just a few hours of absence from the social media network. It appears that his follower count was also reset. Instead of over 4 million followers the account showed only around 150 followers.
Twitter or the CEO hasn’t specified the cause of this sudden occurrence, although Dorsey later tweeted saying “Just setting up my twttr…again (account suspension was an internal mistake)”.
just setting up my twttrâ€¦again (account suspension was an internal mistake)
â€” ðŸš¶ðŸ½jack (@jack) November 23, 2016
While Dorsey’s ‘internal mistake’ statement could actually be truly, but that hasn’t stopped Twitter users from quipping about it asking how many other suspensions were internal mistakes too.
Twitter last week suspended several users that reportedly belonged to alt-right, a nationalist conservative group, in an apparent crack down on accounts tied to hate speech or threats of violence.
The company also announced Tuesday that it was expanding ways for users to report harassment and curb the amount of abuse they see, a reaction to a growing problem of abuse, bullying and harassment on the internet.
Twitter has struggled to gain and maintain more users compared to its rival Facebook, which has over 1 billion active users. Earlier reports suggested that Google, Salesforce, Apple and some other companies showed interest in buying the falling microblogging business, but nothing came to fruition.
The company last month also announced that it will cut up to 9 per cent of its work force globally.
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