Twitter Accidentally Suspends Its Own CEO’s Account, and the Reactions Are Priceless

Foiled again! Twitter accidentally suspended the account of its own founder and CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Tuesday, November 22, amid a crackdown on users who express the extreme, racist views of the alt-right. Luckily, the 40-year-old entrepreneur reassured followers that the suspension was a mistake.

“just setting up my twittr … again (account suspension was an internal mistake),” he tweeted Tuesday after users noticed that they couldn’t find his profile and speculated something had gone awry. Dorsey’s message is a nod to his first-ever tweet, “just setting up my twittr,” which he shared upon the creation of the popular social media site on March 21, 2006.

Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter and founder and chief executive officer of Square, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 9, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho.
Jack Dorsey, creator of Twitter and founder and chief executive officer of Square, attends the Allen & Company Sun Valley Conference on July 9, 2015 in Sun Valley, Idaho. Scott Olson/Getty Images

In typical style, Twitter users were quick to react to the news that Dorsey had been booted off Twitter with both humor and criticism.

https://twitter.com/MyTinehNimjeh/status/801272401514274816

https://twitter.com/NoBigotZone/status/801270766612271104

https://twitter.com/robotterror/status/801282825588617221

On Thursday, November 17, Twitter made headlines when an ad for a neo-Nazi site appeared on the platform, causing the CEO to issue a public apology and blame their automated advertising setup. “We made a mistake here and we apologize,” he wrote at the time. “Our automated system allowed an ad promoting hate. Against our policy. We did a retro and fixed!”

The mishaps come as the social media platform has been cracking down on users who express views that are representative of the conservative, white supremacist movement known as the “alt-right.” Just last week, the social media platform issued new tools that make it easier to report abuse, bullying and harassment in response to the “abusive conduct” that has increased in the wake of the presidential elections.

Most recently, white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who led audience members in a Nazi-style “Hail Trump” salute during a conference in Washington, D.C. on Saturday, November 19, was one of the outspoken alt-right figures suspended from Twitter.

In response, Spencer posted a video to YouTube in which he said the social media company was cracking down on political speech it doesn’t agree with. “It’s corporate Stalinism, in the sense that there is a great purge going on, and they’re purging people on the basis of their views,” he said.

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