Twitter may suspend accounts, temporarily or permanently, from their social networking service. Suspensions of high-profile individuals from Twitter are unusual but when it happens this is often reported in the press.
Policy[edit | edit source]
Users who are permanently suspended from Twitter are not told which of their tweets were the cause, only that their accounts will not be restored, and which of Twitter's rules the company says were violated. In addition to community guideline policy decisions, the Twitter DMCA and spam detection systems are sometimes abused to force a user's suspension.
History[edit | edit source]
In October 2017, Twitter posted a calendar of upcoming changes related to enforcement. Among other things, Twitter promised to provide "a better experience for Suspension Appeals," including a detailed description to the user of how a suspended account violated the rules.
In November 2017, Twitter gave a December 18 deadline to enforce the policy, "You also may not affiliate with organizations that—whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform—use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes." On December 18, the accounts of several high-profile organizations were suspended.
List of notable suspensions[edit | edit source]
|Individual||Description||Date||Duration||Reason for suspension|
2011–2015[edit | edit source]
|Courtney Love||Musician and actress||July 2011||During case, later used a new account||Account suspended after Love filed a defamation suit against Twitter. Love now uses a new account.|
|Guy Adams||Journalist||July 2012||Temporary||Temporarily suspended for publishing the email address of an NBC executive during the 2012 Olympics; Twitter later apologized to Adams.|
|Al Qassam Brigade||Military wing of Hamas||January 2014||Moved to new accounts||Unknown|
|Phil Mason ("Thunderf00t")||Atheist and anti-feminist vlogger||September 2014||Temporary||Use of abusive language towards Anita Sarkeesian.|
|Godless Spellchecker||Atheist blogger and podcaster||January 2015||Temporary||Repeatedly suspended for alleged targeted abuse or harassment.|
|George Zimmerman||Known for being acquitted of murder||December 2015||Permanent||Posting tweets containing revenge porn.|
|Chuck Johnson||Alt-right blogger||May 2015||Permanent||Banned for making violent threats towards activist DeRay Mckesson. In January 2018, Johnson filed a lawsuit claiming that Twitter banned him for his political views, violating his right to free speech, and seeking millions of dollars for alleged damage to his media businesses.|
2016[edit | edit source]
|Iyad El-Baghdadi||Arab Spring activist||January 2016||Temporary||Mistaken for Islamist Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Twitter staff|
|Robert Stacy McCain||Anti-feminist writer||February 2016||Permanent||Participating in targeted abuse.|
|Abu Obeida||Hamas spokesperson||April 2016||Moved to new accounts||Unknown.|
|Azealia Banks||Rapper||May 2016||Permanent||Suspended after making racist posts towards singer Zayn Malik.|
|Milo Yiannopoulos||Conservative activist||July 2016||Permanent||Banned for inciting abuse against actress Leslie Jones.|
|David Duke||White supremacist||August 2016||Temporary||Association with the Unite the Right rally|
|"Guccifer 2.0"||Hacking group or individual||August 2016||Temporary||Posting hacked information from the Democratic National Committee|
|PewDiePie||YouTuber||September 2016||Temporary||Temporarily suspended for pretending to be a member of ISIL.|
|Various "alt-right" accounts||November 2016||Permanent||Including accounts of National Policy Institute, Radix Journal, Ricky Vaughn, John Rivers, and others; banned for violating Twitter's policy prohibiting users from "inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others."|
|Tila Tequila||Social media personality||November 2016||Permanent||Making neo-Nazi posts, including a photo of herself and other attendees rendering a Nazi salute at an event of the white nationalist National Policy Institute.|
|Jack Dorsey||Twitter co-founder and CEO||November 2016||Temporary||After restoring his account, Dorsey tweeted the suspension was due to an "internal mistake".|
|Richard Spencer||Alt-right leader||November - December 2016||Temporary||Allegedly for using multiple overlapping accounts.|
|John Rivello @jew_goldstein||War veteran with PTSD||December 2016||Permanent||Sending an epileptogenic GIF to epileptic journalist Kurt Eichenwald.|
2017[edit | edit source]
|Martin Shkreli||Investor||January 2017||Permanent||Suspended for sexual harassment of journalist Lauren Duca.|
|Victoria Fierce||Developer||February 2017||Temporary||Swearing at Mike Pence|
|Mocha Uson||Entertainer and Rodrigo Duterte supporter||March 2017||Temporary||Unknown|
|Abhijeet Bhattacharya||Singer||May 2017||Temporary||Harassing women including activist Shehla Rashid|
|Al Jazeera Arabic||News service||June 2017||Temporary||Unknown|
|Daniel Sieradski||American writer and activist||8 June 2017||Permanent||Unknown, Sieradski believes he was suspended for threatening violence against Baked Alaska, or for arguing with Courtney Love about Linda Sarsour.|
|Anthony Cumia||American radio personality and broadcaster||11 June 2017||Uses new account||Account permanently suspended for alleged harassment involving reporter Katie Rife. In March 2018, he later started a new account.|
|Ken 'Popehat' White'||Legal blogger||August 2017||Temporary||Posting personal information in screen shots of threats received.|
|Joseph Cox||Journalist for The Daily Beast||August 2017||Temporary||Targeted by bots after writing story about suspicious activity by pro-Kremlin bots.|
|@nemuismywife||Japanese man||August 2017||Uses new account||Account permanently suspended for making death threat against a mosquito. The man started a new account.|
|Alex Boivin||Tiger enthusiast||August 2017||Temporary||Suspended for sexual harassment of the cereal mascot Tony the Tiger|
|Elizabeth Johnston||Christian blogger||August 2017||Temporary||Attacking Teen Vogue's article supportive of anal sex amongst teenagers.|
|@themoodforluv||American woman||September 2017||Permanent||Harassment of Taylor Swift.|
|Kamaal Rashid Khan||Actor and film critic||October 2017||Uses new account||After ban, Khan announced his intention to take legal action against Twitter; later created new account.|
|Jedward @planetjedward||Singer songwriters, musicians, film and tv actors||October 2017||Uses new account||Irish musicians and popstars Jedward were first suspended in August 2017 after posting Taylor Swift’s video ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ in its entirety rather than posting a VEVO link. They were suspended a second time on 18 October 2017, and to date have not yet been restored. No reason for the suspension has been released.|
|Rose McGowan||Activist and actress||October 2017||Temporary||Account temporarily suspended for posting a private phone number.|
|Roger Stone||Political consultant||October 2017||Permanent||Banned for harassment of CNN journalists. Stone announced legal action against Twitter would follow.|
|Donald Trump||U.S. President||November 2017||Temporary||Account briefly deactivated by a rogue Twitter employee on their last workday|
|"Jenna Abrams"||Alt-right blogger||November 2017||Permanent||Unmasked as a fictitious person operated by a Russian troll factory.|
|Robert Delaware||American man||November 2017||Temporary||Mistaken for a Russian troll account.|
|2,752 Russian troll accounts||November 2017||Permanent||Twitter's internal investigation linked the following accounts to Russia's Internet Research Agency|
|Baked Alaska||Alt-right activist||November 2017||Permanent||'repeated and/or or non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone'|
|Talib Kweli||Musician||November 2017||Temporary||Account locked after posting business address of online harasser who posted threats and racist slurs; restored after he deleted the tweet. The account of the harasser, extremist attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke, was suspended.|
|Pakistan Defence Forum||Forum for discussing Pakistan's armed forces||November 2017||Unknown||Suspended for posting doctored photo and fake news|
|Wael Abbas||Egyptian journalist, blogger, and human rights activist||December 2017||Unknown||Unknown|
|Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen||Leader and deputy leader of ultranationalists Britain First||18 December 2017||Permanent||Contravention of new rule for against people 'that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes'. The organisation was notorious for having fake hate videos being re-tweeted by Donald Trump.|
|American Nazi Party||American Nazis||18 December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes|
|Jared Taylor and American Renaissance||American white nationalists||18 December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes|
|Nordic Resistance Movement||Nordic white nationalists||December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes|
|James Allsup||Far-right political commentator||December 2017||Unknown||Unknown|
|Tyler Barriss (SWAuTistic)||Suspect in deadly "SWATting" prank||December 2017||Unknown||Account suspended after Los Angeles police arrested Barriss as the suspected "swatter" who claimed responsibility for placing a fake 911 call that led an officer to kill an innocent man in Wichita, Kansas.|
2018[edit | edit source]
|David Clarke||Former sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin||2 January 2018||Temporary||Temporarily suspended for three posts that appeared to encourage violence against the media, including one tweet stating "Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD." Suspension lifted after Clarke deleted the posts.|
|Golden Dawn||Greek ultranationalist party||5 January 2018||Permanent||Broadening of hateful conduct policy on encompass incitement to violence|
|Paul Nehlen||Congressional candidate challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in Republican primary||13 February 2018||Permanent||Banned after posting racist tweet targeting Meghan Markle.|
|Tommy Robinson||British nationalist||28 March 2018||Permanent||Hateful content.|
|Owen Benjamin||Comedian||5 April 2018||Permanent||Offensive tweets directed at David Hogg.|
|Sabo||Street artist||13 April 2018||Unknown||Unknown|
|Mike Enoch||White nationalist||16 April 2018||Unknown||Hateful content|
|Splinter News and other users||News site||20 June 2018||Temporary||Linking to their story featuring and posting Stephen Miller's cell phone number.|
|70 million "malicious" and "fake" accounts||6 July 2018||Permanent||Part of a crackdown on malicious activity.|
|DCLeaks and Guccifer 2.0||Russian-linked accounts||14 July 2018||Permanent||Connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of Twitter's rules.|
|Candace Owens||American conservative||5 August 2018||Temporary||Banned in error after tweeting the content of several Sarah Jeong's controversial tweets about white people, and changing races and religions mentioned in the tweets.|
|Gavin McInnes and Proud Boys||Far-right men's organization and its founder||11 August 2018||Unknown||Violating policy on "violent extremist groups."|
|Talbert W. Swan II||American prelate of the Church of God in Christ||22 August 2018||Permanent/Later Reinstated||Hateful content. Swan's account was reinstated on September 4, 2018 after a pressure campaign by thousands of his followers. |
|Alex Jones||InfoWars||6 September 2018||Permanent||Suspended for violating policy on "inciting violence." and banned for violating abusive behaviour policy.|
See also[edit | edit source]
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