Social networkâ€™s founder and chief executive was suspended from the site due to â€˜internal mistakeâ€™, losing 700,000 followers in the process
November 24, 2016:Â In the wake of the US elections, with the rise of the â€œalt-rightâ€ blamed for the easy ride the far right have had on social media, Twitter is eager to prove that it can police its own borders. Perhaps too eager.
Overnight, the social network suspended its own chief executive and co-founder, Jack Dorsey.
? Hit the road, Jack and
No no I didn’t mean you it’s just a song come on dude no pic.twitter.com/9392RBSyj0
â€” sarah jeong (@sarahjeong) November 23, 2016
A couple of hours later, Dorsey was back, blaming an â€œinternal mistakeâ€ for his account suspension, and attempting to make light of it with a call back to both his and the serviceâ€™s very first tweet.
just setting up my twttrâ€¦again (account suspension was an internal mistake)
â€” ??jack (@jack) November 23, 2016
Hours later, there remain some odd effects around the suspension. Dorsey has lost almost 700,000 followers, if the public counts before and after his suspension are accurate.
Dorseyâ€™s self-imposed ban follows a more deliberate crackdown of far-right accounts on the network. Last week, a number of American far right leaders found their accounts disabled for hate speech, including the white nationalist Richard Spencer, the self-styled â€œfounder of the alt-rightâ€, who led a conference a few days later at which supporters gave Nazi salutes.