Twitter suspends CEO Jack Dorsey’s account #oops

Talk about a social media fail. Twitter on Tuesday briefly suspended the account of its own CEO.

Jack Dorsey’s account was down for about half an hour last night, prompting this tweet when it was restored.

https://twitter.com/jack/status/801270269184647168

Dorsey, a company co-founder, tweeted the first tweet ever, saying “just setting up my twttr” in March 2006. More than 10 years later, he’s back for a second stint as CEO of the struggling San Francisco company.

The social network failed to find a bidder as it explored a sale recently, reportedly partly because of its continuing struggle to deal with hatred and abuse on its platform. Disney and Salesforce.com, both potential bidders, reportedly held off in part because of these issues.

The hate speech and abuse have spurred Twitter to suspend some high-profile accounts, including those belonging to white supremacist (a.k.a. alt-right) figures and groups. The company, which for a long time boasted that it was an ardent defender of free speech, has evolved as it deals with censorship issues everywhere it operates — from responding to government requests to trying to cut down on the trolls. Besides suspension of accounts, Twitter also has rolled out muting and filtering tools as part of its effort.

The Wall Street Journal notes that Twitter accounts can only be suspended by the company. Dorsey’s tweet attributing the suspension to an internal mistake was likely partially meant to reassure users that his account hadn’t been hacked — because Twitter also had to deal with that problem this year, during a rash of hacks on the Twitter and other social-media accounts  of tech CEOs and celebrities.

Not surprisingly, Dorsey’s tweet last night drew some pointed responses, with some users saying they didn’t believe him, or asking him to lift all suspensions.

 

Twitter shares are down more than 2.3 percent to $18.20. The company’s shares are down almost 27 percent since October, when they reached their year-to-date’s high of near $24 amid excitement about a possible sale.

 

Photo: Jack Dorsey, CEO of Twitter and Square, is interviewed on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange on Nov. 19, 2015. (Richard Drew/AP)

 

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  • Cheap & Nothing Wasted

    Decades ago, when The Saturday Evening Post decided to cut back its subscriber base to only younger people, in an attempt to stay relevant, the magazine canceled the subscriptions of its top editors & publisher.
    The magazine still went under & the name was bought by that family in Indiana.

 
 
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