It seems like Twitter is following in Facebook's footsteps in terms of hoaxes related to their bosses. The Twitter account of Jack Dorsey, the social network's CEO and co-founder, was briefly suspended Tuesday night because of what he called "an internal mistake."
just setting up my twttr…again (account suspension was an internal mistake)— jack (@jack) November 23, 2016
"Just setting up my twttr...again (account suspension was an internal mistake)," Dorsey tweeted late Tuesday.
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For about 15 minutes those trying to access Dorsey's account received a message stating that the account was suspended.
HAHAHA @Jack Dorsey got suspended from his own platform 😂😂😂
MEME MAGIC IS REAL FOLKS 🚨 pic.twitter.com/vCb4Lbwuno
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) November 23, 2016
Only the company can suspend Twitter accounts, though users can deactivate their own. The company did not respond to an AFP inquiry.
Interestingly, @jack now has only 3.33 million followers instead of 3.9 million he had prior to the temporary suspension. It’s unclear how a profile can lose close to half a million followers over an internal error.
The incident came as Twitter is struggling to increase its user base and seeking a path to profitability.
Earlier this month, Facebook accidentally declared its founder Mark Zuckerberg and many other users dead. They acknowledged their mistake of committing a “terrible error.”
“For a brief period, a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts,” a Facebook spokesperson told AFP.
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Apart from Mark, Facebook declared a number of users dead.
Facebook thinks I'm dead. (Cash donations in lieu of memorial flowers please, folks, if you don't mind ;) ) pic.twitter.com/w4ykkVLuA4
— Cath Bore (@cathbore) November 11, 2016
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