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Twitter may suspend accounts, temporarily or permanently, from their social networking service. Suspensions of high-profile individuals from Twitter are unusual and when they occur often attract attention in the media.[1]


Users who are permanently suspended from Twitter, based on alleged violations of Twitter's Terms of Service, are not told which of their tweets were the cause; they are told only that their accounts will not be restored, and which of Twitter's rules the company says were violated.[2] In addition to community guideline policy decisions, the Twitter DMCA and spam detection systems are sometimes manipulated or abused by groups of users attempting to force a user's suspension.[3]

In January 2019, Twitter formally provided information on instances where governments have attempted to utilize Twitter for 'foreign information operations'.[4]

Some commentators, such as Declan McCullagh and Glenn Reynolds, have criticized Twitter's suspension and ban policies.[5][6]


In September 2017, Twitter responded to calls[7] to suspend U.S. President Donald Trump's account, clarifying that they will not do so as his tweets are "newsworthy".[8]

In October 2017, Twitter posted a calendar of upcoming changes related to enforcement. Among other things, Twitter promised to provide "a better experience for Suspension Appeals," including a detailed description to the user of how a suspended account violated the rules.[9]

In November 2017, Twitter gave a December 18 deadline to enforce the policy, "You also may not affiliate with organizations that—whether by their own statements or activity both on and off the platform—use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes."[10] On December 18, the accounts of several high-profile organizations were suspended.[11]

List of notable suspensionsEdit

Individual/account Description Date Duration Reason for suspension


Courtney Love Musician and actress July 2011 During case, later used a new account Account suspended after Love filed a defamation suit against Twitter. Love now uses a new account.[12][13]
Guy Adams Journalist July 2012 Temporary Temporarily suspended for publishing the email address of an NBC executive during the 2012 Olympics; Twitter later apologized to Adams.[14]
Al Qassam Brigade Military wing of Hamas January 2014 Moved to new accounts Unknown.[15]
Phil Mason ("Thunderf00t") Atheist and anti-feminist vlogger September 2014 Temporary Use of abusive language towards Anita Sarkeesian.[16]
Godless Spellchecker Atheist blogger and podcaster January 2015 Temporary Repeatedly suspended for alleged targeted abuse or harassment.[17]
Jalbib Al-Jazrawi ISIL member July 2015 Permanent Making a death threat against Nasser Al Qasabi.[18]
George Zimmerman Known for being acquitted of murder December 2015 Permanent Posting tweets containing revenge porn.[19]
Chuck Johnson Alt-right blogger May 2015 Permanent Banned for an alleged violent threat against DeRay Mckesson.[20][21]


Iyad El-Baghdadi Arab Spring activist January 2016 Temporary Mistaken for ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Twitter staff.[22]
Robert Stacy McCain Anti-feminist writer February 2016 Permanent Participating in targeted abuse.[23]
Abu Obeida Hamas spokesperson April 2016 Moved to new accounts Unknown.[24]
Azealia Banks Rapper May 2016 Permanent Suspended after making racist and homophobic posts towards singer Zayn Malik.[25]
Milo Yiannopoulos British polemicist and political commentator July 2016 Permanent Banned for insulting Leslie Jones coinciding with a racist harassment campaign.[26][27][28]
Guccifer 2.0 Hacking group or individual August 2016 Temporary Posting information illegally hacked from the Democratic National Committee.[29]
PewDiePie YouTuber September 2016 Temporary Temporarily suspended for pretending to be a member of ISIL.[30]
Various "alt-right" accounts November 2016 Permanent Including accounts of National Policy Institute, Radix Journal, Ricky Vaughn, John Rivers, and others; banned for violating Twitter's policy prohibiting users from "inciting or engaging in the targeted abuse or harassment of others."[31][32]
Tila Tequila Social media personality November 2016 Permanent Making neo-Nazi posts, including a photo of herself and other attendees rendering a Nazi salute at an event of the white nationalist National Policy Institute.[33]
Jack Dorsey Twitter co-founder and CEO November 2016 Temporary After restoring his account, Dorsey tweeted the suspension was due to an "internal mistake".[34][35]
Richard Spencer Alt-right leader November - December 2016 Temporary Allegedly for using multiple overlapping accounts.[31][36]
John Rivello (@jew_goldstein) Maryland Trump supporter[37] December 2016 Permanent Sending an epileptogenic GIF to journalist with epilepsy Kurt Eichenwald.[38]


Martin Shkreli Investor January 2017 Permanent Suspended for sexual harassment of journalist Lauren Duca.[39][40][41][42]
Craig R. Brittain Republican US Senate Candidate in Arizona February 2017 Permanent Unknown. Brittain is presently suing Twitter for banning his accounts.[43]
Victoria Fierce Developer February 2017 Temporary Swearing at Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.[44]
Mocha Uson Entertainer and Rodrigo Duterte supporter March 2017 Temporary Unknown.[45][46]
Jamal Khashoggi Journalist March 2017 Until he fled the country Banned at the behest of the Saudi Arabian government.[47]
Abhijeet Bhattacharya Singer May 2017 Temporary Harassing women including activist Shehla Rashid.[48]
Al Jazeera Arabic News service June 2017 Temporary Unknown.[49]
Daniel Sieradski American writer and activist[50] 8 June 2017 Permanent Unknown, Sieradski believes he was suspended for threatening violence against Baked Alaska, or for arguing with Courtney Love about Linda Sarsour.[51]
Anthony Cumia American radio personality and broadcaster 11 June 2017 Permanent Account permanently suspended for alleged harassment involving transsexual men's rights activist Katie Rife.[52] Since then, Cumia has activated several new accounts which were subsequently permanently suspended as well in 2018 and 2019.
Ken 'Popehat' White' Legal blogger August 2017 Temporary Posting personal information in screen shots of threats received.[53]
David Duke White supremacist August 2017 Temporary Association with the Unite the Right rally.[54]
Joseph Cox Journalist for The Daily Beast August 2017 Temporary Targeted by bots after writing story about suspicious activity by pro-Kremlin bots.[55]
@nemuismywife Japanese man August 2017 Uses new account Account permanently suspended for making a death threat towards a dead mosquito. The man started a new account.[56][57]
Alex Boivin Twitter user August 2017 Temporary Suspended for sexual harassment of the cereal mascot Tony the Tiger.[58][59]
Elizabeth Johnston Christian blogger August 2017 Temporary Alleged harassment and use of homophobic language regarding a Teen Vogue's article concerning anal sex amongst teenagers.[60][61][62]
@themoodforluv American woman September 2017 Permanent Harassment of Taylor Swift.[63]
Kamaal Rashid Khan Actor and film critic October 2017 Uses new account After the ban, Khan announced his intention to take legal action against Twitter; he later created a new account.[64][65]
Rose McGowan Activist and actress October 2017 Temporary Account temporarily suspended for posting a private phone number.[66][67]
Roger Stone Political consultant October 2017 Permanent Banned for harassment of CNN journalists.[68] Stone later threatened legal action against Twitter.[69]
Donald Trump U.S. President November 2017 Temporary Account briefly deactivated by a rogue Twitter employee on their last workday.[70]
"Jenna Abrams" Alt-right blogger November 2017 Permanent Unmasked as a fictitious person operated by a Russian troll factory.[71]
Robert Delaware American man November 2017 Temporary Mistaken for a Russian troll account.[72]
2,752 Russian troll accounts November 2017 Permanent Twitter's internal investigation linked the accounts to Russia's Internet Research Agency.[73]
Baked Alaska Alt-right activist November 2017 Permanent Repeated and/or non-consensual slurs, epithets, racist and sexist tropes, or other content that degrades someone.[74]
Talib Kweli Musician November 2017 Temporary Account locked after posting business address of online harasser who posted threats and racist slurs; restored after he deleted the tweet. The account of the harasser, extremist attorney Jason Lee Van Dyke, was suspended.[75]
Pakistan Defence Forum Forum for discussing Pakistan's armed forces November 2017 Unknown Suspended for posting doctored photo and fake news.[76]
Wael Abbas Egyptian journalist, blogger, and human rights activist December 2017 Unknown Unknown.[77]
Paul Golding and Jayda Fransen Leader and deputy leader of fascist group Britain First 18 December 2017 Permanent Contravention of new rule for against people 'that affiliate with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes'.[78] The organisation had posted videos with false and misleading captions attributing violence to Muslims, which were re-tweeted by Donald Trump.[79]
American Nazi Party American Nazis 18 December 2017 Permanent Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.[78]
Jared Taylor and American Renaissance

Michael Hill and League of the South

Traditionalist Worker Party

American white nationalists 18 December 2017 Permanent Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.[78]
Nordic Resistance Movement Nordic white nationalists December 2017 Permanent Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.[80]
James Allsup Far-right political commentator December 2017 Unknown Unknown.[81]
Tyler Barriss (SWAuTistic) Suspect in deadly "SWATting" prank December 2017 Unknown Account suspended after Los Angeles police arrested Barriss as the suspected "swatter" who claimed responsibility for placing a fake 911 call that led an officer to kill an innocent man in Wichita, Kansas.[82]
@fuckeveryword Twitter bot 21 December 2017 Permanent Tweeting "fuck niggers"[83]


David Clarke Former sheriff of Milwaukee County, Wisconsin 2 January 2018 Temporary Temporarily suspended for three posts that appeared to encourage violence against the media, including one tweet stating "Punch them in the nose & MAKE THEM TASTE THEIR OWN BLOOD." Suspension lifted after Clarke deleted the posts.[84][85]
Golden Dawn Greek ultranationalist party 5 January 2018 Permanent Broadening of hateful conduct policy on encompass incitement to violence.[86]
Paul Nehlen Congressional candidate challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in Republican primary 13 February 2018 Permanent Banned after posting racist tweet targeting Meghan Markle.[87]
Tommy Robinson British nationalist 28 March 2018 Permanent Hateful content.[88]
Owen Benjamin Comedian 5 April 2018 Permanent Offensive tweets directed at David Hogg.[89]
Sabo Street artist 13 April 2018 Permanent[citation needed] Unknown.[90]
Mike Enoch White nationalist 16 April 2018 Unknown Hateful content.[91]
Splinter News and other users News site 20 June 2018 Temporary Linking to their story featuring and posting Stephen Miller's cell phone number.[92][93]
@EricHartleyFrnd Account used by Jarrod Ramos 28 June 2018 Permanent Jarrod Ramos was arrested after he shot and killed five employees at The Capital during the mass shooting.[94]
"Darren Mills" Russian-linked account 4 July 2018 Permanent Unmasked as a fictitious person operated by a Russian troll factory.[71]
70 million automated, troll, and fake accounts 6 July 2018 Permanent Part of a crackdown on malicious activity.[95][96]
Russian-linked accounts 14 July 2018 Permanent Connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of Twitter's rules.[97]
Candace Owens American conservative activist 5 August 2018 Temporary Banned in error after tweeting the content of several Sarah Jeong's controversial tweets about white people, and changing races and religions mentioned in the tweets.[98]
Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys Neo-fascist organization and its founder 11 August 2018 Permanent Violating policy on "violent extremist groups."[99]
Talbert W. Swan II American prelate of the Church of God in Christ 22 August 2018 Permanent; later reinstated Hateful content.[100] Possibly for calling Candace Owens a "coon". Swan's account was reinstated on September 4, 2018 after a pressure campaign by thousands of his followers.[101]
Alex Jones and InfoWars News website and its founder 6 September 2018 Permanent[102] First suspended for a week on August 14 for violating policy on "inciting violence"[103] and later banned on September 6 for violating policy on "abusive behaviour".[104]
Kris Paronto Former U.S. Army Ranger 10 September 2018 Temporary Using the word retard and the hashtags #YouAreAnIdiot and #NeverGoFullRetard.[105]
James Woods Actor 20 September 2018 Temporary Woods received an email from Twitter claiming that a tweet of his from July 20, 2018 had “the potential to be misleading in a way that could impact an election.” Woods refused to delete the tweet himself. Twitter later deleted the tweet Woods' account was restored.[106]
@CongressEdits Twitter bot 3 October 2018 Permanent Automatically rebroadcasting Wikipedia edits that doxed members of Congress[107]
  • @InfowarsArmy
  • @InfowarsCrew
  • @InfowarsInsider
  • @InfowarsMag
  • @InfowarsPapers
  • @InfowarsReports
  • @InfowarsShop
  • @Infowars_EU
  • @PrisonPlanetTV
  • @RealInfoStore
  • @RealNewsX2
  • @TheNewsWars
  • @WarRoomMemes
  • @WarRoomShow
  • and 4 other accounts
Accounts affiliated with Alex Jones and InfoWars 22 October 2018 Permanent Permanently banned for ties with Alex Jones and InfoWars after "numerous violations and warnings."[108]
  • @hardrock2016
  • @hardrockintlet
Accounts used by Cesar Sayoc 26 October 2018 Permanent After the mail bombing attempts against Donald Trump critics and Democratic Party politicians, Sayoc's profiles were found to have posted far-right political conspiracy theories, graphic images and specific threats.[109]
Smash Racism D.C. Antifa group from Washington, D.C. 7 November 2018 Permanent Posting the home addresses of Tucker Carlson along with other family members following a protest outside Carlson's home.[110]
Meghan Murphy Journalist 15 November 2018 Permanent Violating rules prohibiting "hateful conduct" by misgendering a trans woman. [111]
Laura Loomer Political activist, conspiracy theorist, and Internet personality 22 November 2018 Permanent Banned for violating "rules against hateful conduct" after posting tweet targeting Ilhan Omar.[112]
Jesse Kelly Conservative talk radio host and former Republican congressional candidate 25 November 2018 Permanent; later reinstated Unknown[113] Reinstated after media exposure, including an appearance with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.[114]
@putinRF_eng Imposter 26 November 2018 Permanent Impersonating Russian president Vladimir Putin after a complaint to Twitter from Russian officials.[115]
Amos Yee Blogger 10 December 2018 Permanent Permanently banned for supporting pedophilia.[116]
Andile Mngxitama Leader of the Black First Land First 17 December 2018 Temporary Banned for a minimum of seven days after Mngxitama made threats to kill 5 White South Africans for every taxi driver killed in response to comments made by businessman Johann Rupert.[117]


Stephanie Sargnagel Austrian author and artist January 2019 Permanent; later reinstated Suspended for posting tweet that translates to: 'Austria, you stupid son of a bitch, i am going to kill you'.[118]
Jacob Wohl American conspiracy theorist, fraudster and hoaxer February 2019 Permanent Creating and operating fake accounts after boasting he intended to manipulate the 2020 United States presidential election results in a USA Today interview. [119]
Brenton Tarrant Perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque shootings 15 March 2019 Permanent Posting pictures of the guns he later used in the attacks.[120]
James Woods Actor April 2019 Temporary Tweeting, "If you try to kill the King, you best not miss. #HangThemAll".[121][better source needed]
@TRobinsonMEP and @CarlUKIP UKIP accounts of Tommy Robinson and Carl Benjamin 26 April 2019 Unknown Violating Twitter's terms of service.[122]
Correo del Orinoco
Diario VEA
Venezuelan newspapers 1 May 2019 Unknown Reporting on the 2019 Venezuela uprising.[123]
David Horowitz Conservative activist & author 7 May 2019 Unknown Unknown.[124]
Nebojša Krstić Serbian pundit aligned with the Serbian Progressive Party 17 May 2019 Uses new account Unknown.[125][126]
Chiitan Mascot of the town of Susaki, Japan 17 May 2019 Uses new account Unknown.[127]
Ed Krassenstein and Brian Krassenstein Resistance Twitter activists 23 May 2019 Permanent Operating fake accounts.[128]
Eoin Lenihan Far-right activist 29 May 2019 Permanent Banned from Twitter for abusing multiple accounts for abusive purposes.[129]
@TheTweetOfGod Account operated by David Javerbaum 11 June 2019 Temporary Tweeting, "If gay people are a mistake, they're a mistake I've made hundreds of millions of times, which proves I'm incompetent and shouldn't be relied upon for anything."[130]
Luke Taylor Internet troll 8 July 2019 Permanent Sustained harassment of the Planters snack food mascot, Mr. Peanut.[131][132]
Lindsay Shepherd Free-speech activist 16 July 2019 Permanent; later reinstated Banned for "hateful conduct" following a heated exchange with a transgender woman and LGBTQ advocate from Vancouver.[133][134][135][136]
Patrick Wood Crusius and Connor Stephen Betts Perpetrators of the 2019 El Paso shooting and the 2019 Dayton shooting 4 August 2019 Permanent [137][138]
200,000 Chinese accounts 19 August 2019 Permanent Believed the accounts were part of a Chinese government influence campaign targeting the protest movement in Hong Kong.[139]
Pauline Hanson Australian senator and far-right activist 22 August 2019 Temporary Promoting violence against protesters[140]
Raúl Castro
Mariela Castro
Mesa Redonda
Granma Digital
Radio Rebelde
Cuban government affiliated accounts 12 September 2019 Unknown Unspecified breach of rules[141]
4,258 United Arab Emirates accounts 20 September 2019 Permanent Spreading false information about Qatar and the Saudi Arabian-led intervention in Yemen.[142]
Saud al-Qahtani Former media consultant to crown prince Mohammad bin Salman 20 September 2019 Permanent Al-Qahtani was banned for violating the company's "platform manipulation" policies.[142]

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