It seems as though Twitter has started banning people from their social media platform without giving them a valid reason as to why they took that decision. More and more people are reporting the same problem and the company hasn’t really addressed this issue.
I am one of those people who’ve been “permanently suspended” from the social media platform and who’s been offered no valid explanation as to why I no longer have full access to my account.
I’ve been a Twitter user for quite some time now. I used to love the app because it was a place where I could write about the things I love (movies, TV shows, video games…), and end up chatting with likeminded people and also had some interesting debates on films, series, games… pop culture in general.
As a pop culture journalist, Twitter actually became pretty important for me professionally. I used to work for The Express, Digital Spy, The Daily Mirror, to name but a few of the many UK-based outlets I’ve written for over the years, and Twitter was a good way to get my work out there in the open and seen by more people.
Twitter has changed a lot over the years
Twitter had an important part in my and Small Screen’s professional development. However, the platform has changed a lot over the years, and it’s become a very tricky place to spend too much time on these days.
It seems to be a place now where people just insult one another, and people love to bang on about “freedom of speech” on the platform, but I think people forget that a person’s freedom ends where another person’s freedom begins. In other words, we don’t have to be horrible to one another just because we disagree on things, but that’s all that the social media app is these days.
It all just got worse when the company was bought for a ridiculous sum of money by billionaire Elon Musk. Elon seems to see himself as the real-life Tony Stark, and I think that he ended up buying Twitter because he thought he could be seen as the saviour of social media. Maybe he has something of a ‘superhero complex”? Who knows.
Well, he discovered that it’s not so easy to run a social media platform like Twitter. It’s actually proven to be impossible for him. He started out by firing almost everybody. Oh, and he made some dad joke using a sink as a prop…
Elon made a lot of statements at the time about wanting to re-establish freedom of speech on the platform, and it seemed as though most of that was in relation to the fact that Twitter had banned former President, Donald Trump from the platform for reasons that I won’t go into here.
Well, since Musk took over the company, Trump has his Twitter account back (as does Andrew Tate, by the way), and there have now been multiple reports of people logging into their personal and professional Twitter accounts only to find that they have been “permanently suspended” from the social media platform.
“You broke the Twitter rules!” OK, but tell me how…
This happened to me, and I’ve found a number of people online that have had the same issue, and nothing has been done about it. Upon logging into the social media app, you’re greeted with a message that reads as follows:
After careful review, we determined your account broke the Twitter Rules. Your account is permanently in read-only mode, which means you can’t Tweet, Retweet, or Like content. You won’t be able to create new accounts. If you think we got this wrong, you can submit an appeal.
You can see that there are links to their ‘Twitter Rules’ page and also a link to a page where you can ‘submit an appeal’. Well, the first thing I did when reading that message was, “Wow, Jordan Peterson and I now have something in common!”
However, my first reaction wasn’t to make a video in which I whined about being banned from the platform. The first thing I did was read the rules and then submitted an appeal. However, five days on, I haven’t heard anything back.
I then went through my Twitter timeline to see if I had said anything that could have broken Twitter’s rules. That was quite tricky because I’ve been on the platform for a long time and have posted over 2,000 tweets.
But, I couldn’t find anything. I’m not someone who posts very controversial things on Twitter, and I’ve never had a spat with anyone on the platform. So, I then did some research to find out whether this was a bigger problem, and lo and behold, it’s actually quite a big problem.
A lot of people have been “permanently suspended” from Twitter for no reason
There are many people who, over the past few months, have had the same issue with the social media platform and still don’t have access to their Twitter accounts. There’s a YouTube called SidsTips who’s been documenting this issue.
His Twitter account, like mine, had been permanently suspended. The profile is still there, as is mine. However, he is unable to Tweet and like tweets. He also has a followers count of 0 and is following 0 people.
Some of SipsTips’ commenters reported that the same thing had happened to them, and they had no idea why Twitter had suspended their account. I’ve now appealed twice and I still haven’t been contacted by Twitter.
All these reports are very similar, and they’ve all claimed that they received no email from Twitter before the suspension. That was the same thing that happened to me.
Twitter did say that users can now appeal these suspensions. This started happening on February 1st. However, nothing has really changed as of yet. This news was first revealed by Reuters.
The report claimed that Twitter users will now be able to appeal account suspensions and be, “evaluated under the social media platform’s new criteria for reinstatement, starting Feb. 1st”. This announcement was made by Twitter on Friday, 27th of January.
Did Musk fire too many people when he took over…?
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The report added that “accounts will only be suspended for severe or ongoing and repeat violations of the platform’s policies”. Reuters’ report added that “severe policy violations include engaging in illegal content or activity, inciting or threatening violence or harm, and engaging in targeted harassment of other users, among others.”
This all came after Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, came under fire for suspending the accounts of several journalists over a controversy on publishing public data about the billionaire’s plane. Musk later reinstated the accounts. (So much for “free speech”…)
Anyway, we’re still waiting to see what ends up happening, and I do wonder whether all of this is an algorithm/A.I. issue at Twitter. Musk also fired a lot of people when taking over the company. He might have also got rid of a bulk of the staff that was handling the social media platform’s suspensions.
That’s just speculation on my part, but it would make a lot of sense.
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