Twitter suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account by 'mistake'

Published: November 23, 2016
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For about 15 minutes those trying to access Dorsey's account received a message stating that the account was suspended. PHOTO: TWITTER/bakedalaska

For about 15 minutes those trying to access Dorsey's account received a message stating that the account was suspended. PHOTO: TWITTER/bakedalaska

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),” 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.

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.

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