Twitter CEO Dorsey has own Twitter account suspended


Here's an interesting social media faux pas: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey had his own Twitter account suspended late Tuesday.

Dorsey, who co-founded Twitter a decade ago and returned as CEO last year, posted this tweet Tuesday: "just setting up my twttr…again (account suspension was an internal mistake)."

That's a play on the social network's first tweet, which he posted in March 2006: "just setting up my twttr."

The event is ironic in that the Twitter has been cracking down on hate speech; users have often complained that the social network is slow to respond to complaints of hate speech, harassment and abuse.

Last week, Twitter suspended many accounts associated with the alt-right movement, a loosely organized group that supports white supremism and white nationalism. Last week, Dorsey also apologized when an advertisement for a white supremacist group appeared on the service. Tiwtter took it down within an hour, the company said.

Upon learning that Dorsey's account had been suspended, tech media sites had some fun at his and Twitter's cost.

"#Awkward," read a headline on CNET. It noted that Dorsey, who had more than 4 million followers, upon reinstatement had less than 150. On Wednesday morning that number was at 1.67 million.

"Twitter fail," said Digital Trends in its headline.

In its story, TechCrunch included a tweet from its ex-writer Drew Olanoff, who spotted the situation about 9 p.m. ET. Dorsey's suspension follows another social media flub from earlier this month, the site noted: Facebook's pronouncing of the death of CEO Mark Zuckerberg and a multitude of other users with a memorial note on users' pages.

What's next? Here's hoping our Instagram and Snapchat accounts don't start randomly spamming unpublished smartphone photos and videos.

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