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Twitter CEO Briefly Suspended From Twitter

Jack Dorsey chalked it up to 'an internal mistake.'
Twitter CEO Briefly Suspended From Twitter
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Even the most responsible adult can accidentally lock themselves out of their car or house. But to be shut out of your own social network is just embarrassing.

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was temporarily suspended from the microblogging service this week, thanks to a software glitch.

Some blamed Russia, claiming Dorsey's brief interruption was the work of hackers. Others shared cheeky, celebratory GIFs upon his return.

Dorsey, however, seemed to take the gaffe in stride, posting a reprise of his famous first tweet, with a note suggesting the account suspension "was an internal mistake."

 
 

Twitter did not immediately respond to PCMag's request for comment.

The mix-up -- spotted Tuesday by former TechCrunch writer Drew Olanoff -- comes just after Twitter suspended a number of accounts associated with the "alt-right" movement.

Known members of the white nationalist group that championed Donald Trump's bid for the White House were kicked off the social network last week -- the same day Twitter rolled out anti-harassment tools to address online bullying.

In an expansion of the "mute" tool, users can now block keywords, phrases and entire conversations from their notifications.

A Facebook malfunction, meanwhile, recently triggered an in memoriam feature: A remembrance banner appeared atop some profile pages, suggesting to friends and family that many members were dead.

"For a brief period … a message meant for memorialized profiles was mistakenly posted to other accounts," a company spokesman told PCMag earlier this month.

In 2009, Facebook allowed people to turn the profiles of actually deceased users into memorial pages; last year, it added the option for folks to create a legacy contact prior to their death.


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