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. In some cases, suspensions or bans may result from efforts by large numbers of Twitter users to deplatform controversial speakers or to suppress speech with which they disagree.
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. 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.
In January 2019, Twitter formally provided information on instances where governments have attempted to utilize Twitter for 'foreign information operations'.
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.
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." On December 18, the accounts of several high-profile organizations were suspended.
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.|
|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.|
|Al Qassam Brigade||Military wing of Hamas||January 2014||Moved to new accounts||Unknown.|
|Phil Mason ("Thunderf00t")||Atheist and anti-feminist vlogger||September 2014||Temporary||Use of abusive language towards Anita Sarkeesian.|
|Godless Spellchecker||Atheist blogger and podcaster||January 2015||Temporary||Repeatedly suspended for alleged targeted abuse or harassment.|
|Jalbib Al-Jazrawi||ISIL member||July 2015||Permanent||Making a death threat against Nasser Al Qasabi.|
|George Zimmerman||Known for being acquitted of murder||December 2015||Permanent||Posting tweets containing revenge porn.|
|Chuck Johnson||Alt-right blogger||May 2015||Permanent||Banned for an alleged violent threat against DeRay Mckesson.|
|Iyad El-Baghdadi||Arab Spring activist||January 2016||Temporary||Mistaken for ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi by Twitter staff.|
|Robert Stacy McCain||Anti-feminist writer||February 2016||Permanent||Participating in targeted abuse.|
|Abu Obeida||Hamas spokesperson||April 2016||Moved to new accounts||Unknown.|
|Azealia Banks||Rapper||May 2016||Permanent||Suspended after making racist and homophobic posts towards singer Zayn Malik.|
|Milo Yiannopoulos||British polemicist and political commentator||July 2016||Permanent||Banned for insulting Leslie Jones coinciding with a racist harassment campaign.|
|Guccifer 2.0||Hacking group or individual||August 2016||Temporary||Posting information illegally hacked from the Democratic National Committee.|
|PewDiePie||YouTuber||September 2016||Temporary||Temporarily suspended for pretending to be a member of ISIL.|
|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."|
|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.|
|Jack Dorsey||Twitter co-founder and CEO||November 2016||Temporary||After restoring his account, Dorsey tweeted the suspension was due to an "internal mistake".|
|Richard Spencer||Alt-right leader||November - December 2016||Temporary||Allegedly for using multiple overlapping accounts.|
|John Rivello @jew_goldstein||American man||December 2016||Permanent||Sending an epileptogenic GIF to epileptic journalist Kurt Eichenwald.|
|Martin Shkreli||Investor||January 2017||Permanent||Suspended for sexual harassment of journalist Lauren Duca.|
|Craig R. Brittain||Republican US Senate Candidate in Arizona||February 2017||Permanent||Unknown. Brittain is presently suing Twitter for banning his accounts.|
|Victoria Fierce||Developer||February 2017||Temporary||Swearing at Vice President of the United States, Mike Pence.|
|Mocha Uson||Entertainer and Rodrigo Duterte supporter||March 2017||Temporary||Unknown.|
|Jamal Khashoggi||Journalist||March 2017||Until he fled the country||Banned at the behest of the Saudi Arabian government.|
|Abhijeet Bhattacharya||Singer||May 2017||Temporary||Harassing women including activist Shehla Rashid.|
|Al Jazeera Arabic||News service||June 2017||Temporary||Unknown.|
|Daniel Sieradski||American writer and activist||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.|
|Anthony Cumia||American radio personality and broadcaster||11 June 2017||Permanent||Account permanently suspended for alleged harassment involving reporter Katie Rife. Since then, Cumia has activated several new accounts which were subsequently permanently suspended as well in 2018.|
|Ken 'Popehat' White'||Legal blogger||August 2017||Temporary||Posting personal information in screen shots of threats received.|
|David Duke||White supremacist||August 2017||Temporary||Association with the Unite the Right rally.|
|Joseph Cox||Journalist for The Daily Beast||August 2017||Temporary||Targeted by bots after writing story about suspicious activity by pro-Kremlin bots.|
|@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.|
|Alex Boivin||Tiger enthusiast||August 2017||Temporary||Suspended for sexual harassment of the cereal mascot Tony the Tiger.|
|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.|
|@themoodforluv||American woman||September 2017||Permanent||Harassment of Taylor Swift.|
|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.|
|Rose McGowan||Activist and actress||October 2017||Temporary||Account temporarily suspended for posting a private phone number.|
|Roger Stone||Political consultant||October 2017||Permanent||Banned for harassment of CNN journalists. Stone later threatened legal action against Twitter.|
|Donald Trump||U.S. President||November 2017||Temporary||Account briefly deactivated by a rogue Twitter employee on their last workday.|
|"Jenna Abrams"||Alt-right blogger||November 2017||Permanent||Unmasked as a fictitious person operated by a Russian troll factory.|
|Robert Delaware||American man||November 2017||Temporary||Mistaken for a Russian troll account.|
|2,752 Russian troll accounts||November 2017||Permanent||Twitter's internal investigation linked the accounts to Russia's Internet Research Agency.|
|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.|
|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.|
|Pakistan Defence Forum||Forum for discussing Pakistan's armed forces||November 2017||Unknown||Suspended for posting doctored photo and fake news.|
|Wael Abbas||Egyptian journalist, blogger, and human rights activist||December 2017||Unknown||Unknown.|
|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'. The organisation had posted videos with false and misleading captions attributing violence to Muslims, which were re-tweeted by Donald Trump.|
|American Nazi Party||American Nazis||18 December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.|
|Jared Taylor and American Renaissance||American white nationalists||18 December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.|
|Nordic Resistance Movement||Nordic white nationalists||December 2017||Permanent||Affiliation with organizations that use or promote violence against civilians to further their causes.|
|James Allsup||Far-right political commentator||December 2017||Unknown||Unknown.|
|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.|
|@fuckeveryword||Twitter bot||21 December 2017||Permanent||Tweeting "fuck niggers"|
|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.|
|Golden Dawn||Greek ultranationalist party||5 January 2018||Permanent||Broadening of hateful conduct policy on encompass incitement to violence.|
|Paul Nehlen||Congressional candidate challenging Speaker Paul Ryan in Republican primary||13 February 2018||Permanent||Banned after posting racist tweet targeting Meghan Markle.|
|Tommy Robinson||British nationalist||28 March 2018||Permanent||Hateful content.|
|Owen Benjamin||Comedian||5 April 2018||Permanent||Offensive tweets directed at David Hogg.|
|Sabo||Street artist||13 April 2018||Permanent||Unknown.|
|Mike Enoch||White nationalist||16 April 2018||Unknown||Hateful content.|
|Splinter News and other users||News site||20 June 2018||Temporary||Linking to their story featuring and posting Stephen Miller's cell phone number.|
|@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.|
|"Darren Mills"||Russian-linked account||4 July 2018||Permanent||Unmasked as a fictitious person operated by a Russian troll factory.|
|70 million automated, troll, and fake accounts||6 July 2018||Permanent||Part of a crackdown on malicious activity.|
|Russian-linked accounts||14 July 2018||Permanent||Connected to a network of accounts previously suspended for operating in violation of Twitter's rules.|
|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.|
|Gavin McInnes and the Proud Boys||Neo-fascist organization and its founder||11 August 2018||Permanent||Violating policy on "violent extremist groups."|
|Talbert W. Swan II||American prelate of the Church of God in Christ||22 August 2018||Permanent; later reinstated||Hateful content. 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.|
|Alex Jones and InfoWars||Conspiracy website and its founder||6 September 2018||Permanent||First suspended for a week on August 14 for violating policy on "inciting violence" and later banned on September 6 for violating policy on "abusive behaviour".|
|Kris Paronto||Former U.S. Army Ranger||10 September 2018||Temporary||Using the word retard and the hashtags #YouAreAnIdiot and #NeverGoFullRetard.|
|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.|
|@CongressEdits||Twitter bot||3 October 2018||Permanent||Automatically rebroadcasting Wikipedia edits that doxed members of Congress|
||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."|
||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.|
|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.|
|Meghan Murphy||Journalist||15 November 2018||Permanent||Violating rules prohibiting "hateful conduct" by misgendering a trans woman. |
|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.|
|Jesse Kelly||Conservative talk radio host and former Republican congressional candidate||25 November 2018||Permanent; later reinstated||Unknown Reinstated after media exposure, including an appearance with Tucker Carlson on Fox News.|
|@putinRF_eng||Imposter||26 November 2018||Permanent||Impersonating Russian president Vladimir Putin after a complaint to Twitter from Russian officials.|
|Amos Yee||Blogger||10 December 2018||Permanent||Permanently banned for supporting pedophilia.|
|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.|
|Stephanie Sargnagel||Austrian author and artist||January 2019||Permanent; later reinstated||Suspended for posting tweet that translates to: 'Austria, you stupid child of a bitch, i am going to kill you'.|
|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. |
|Brenton Tarrant||Perpetrator of the Christchurch mosque shootings||15 March 2019||Permanent||Posting pictures of the guns he later used in the attacks.|
|James Woods||Actor||April 2019||Temporary||Tweeting, "If you try to kill the King, you best not miss. #HangThemAll".|
|Correo del Orinoco||Venezuelan newspaper||1 May 2019||Unknown||Reporting on the 2019 Venezuela uprising.|
|Diario VEA||Venezuelan newspaper||1 May 2019||Unknown||Reporting on the 2019 Venezuela uprising.|
|@AOCPress||Parody account of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and her press office||5 May 2019||Permanent||Parody account of Democrat Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.|
|@OfficeOfMike||Personal account of Mike Morrison, who operated the @AOCPress parody account||5 May 2019||Permanent||Unknown.|
|David Horowitz||Conservative activist & author||7 May 2019||Unknown||Unknown.|
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