Twitter Suspending Accounts in Droves

twitter fail whaleTwitter seems to be on a roll lately. It would seem, either by bug, or some new policy just implemented, Twitter has just suspended hundreds to thousands of Twitter accounts with little to no reason. You can see all the action, semi-real-time here.

I just received a tip from a good friend, a very strong Twitter user and definitely not a spammer, who was one of those people suspended without cause. She stated she submitted a ticket to Twitter support and the ticket was immediately closed with no reason. Looking over Twitter search, she’s not the only one, and many very valid accounts are complaining of having their Twitter accounts suspended out of the blue. Reasons for suspension are often following people and unfollowing people frequently, following people too fast, blatent spammy behavior, among other things, but based on the users I know were suspended none of these activities were happening.

There is no word from Twitter on this matter – I’ll update the post when I hear more. You can watch the suspensions and the horror occur in real-time (thanks to FriendFeed, ironically) below:

UPDATE: Twitter has responded via their Status blog: “Earlier today, we accidentally suspended a number of accounts. We regret the human error that led to these mistaken suspensions and we are working to restore the affected accounts—we expect this to be completed in the next several hours.”

Other major accounts suspended: @marismith, @denisewakeman, @loubortone, @tweetlater, @deniseoberry, @radionational – if your account was affected please leave a comment!


115 thoughts on “Twitter Suspending Accounts in Droves

  1. My Twitter account, @dahliamadison, was also suspended around 4pm today and I wasn't doing anything except refreshing the screen to read new tweets. I am definitely not a spammer, and only use twitter to get useful tweets from the people I follow and to send useful information to my followers. I hope Twitter solves this problem soon.


  2. I too am not a spammer/my followers
    were upset when my account got suspended/
    not fair for all the hard work to get reduced to nil


  3. Why your Twitter team closed my request? My account @irfant is still suspended. It hasnt fixed yet. OMG, its already 2 months. 😦


  4. Sources are telling me that the suspension is related to Tweet Later. My hubby and I have three accounts total, all of which are suspended. I've asked everyone to send a message to @spam requesting to unspam me so to speak. Not sure if this method will do the trick. It might just junk up Twitter, but hey maybe I'll become a trending topic!

    Tweet to unspam @blogging4jobs to @spam !!


  5. Please mention me in your tweets @LyndseyOliver – despirate to get back onto twitter, suspended for no reason, and waiting for a reply from delbius, who is putting accounts back on that have been RT'd but not those waiting patiently with a ticket 😦


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