Having Twitter suspensions and landing in Twitter jail gave me more insights into how long they can last: for hours, days, or indefinitely.
Suspended Twitter accounts are more common today than ever before as we are in 2022. However, this may change once Elon Musk makes changes on the Twitter network if the purchase of the social network ever goes through as it’s hung up in a huge legal battle.
However, recently one person, named Alex Berneson won a lawsuit against Twitter and had their account reinstated.
Twitter Suspensions Are Real
Have you ever got up in the morning, looked at your mobile phone as you are getting out of bed, and seen your Twitter account has been locked? 🙁 You now have a Twitter suspension.
You can’t log into your Twitter account. They ask for your phone number. You enter it but they don’t call? Then, you wonder “What am I missing?”
Next, you wonder: “What tweets did I miss since I was last on Twitter?”
“Why did I get a Twitter suspension?” you may ask yourself.
Of course, there may be new Twitter rules you were not aware of – like this recent one:
Beginning today, we will not allow the sharing of private media, such as images or videos of private individuals without their consent. Publishing people’s private info is also prohibited under the policy, as is threatening or incentivizing others to do so.https://t.co/7EXvXdwegG— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) November 30, 2021
The Twitter Jail Experience
Yes, you have landed yourself in Twitter Jail. It happened to me a few years ago and even recently.
Not only is it happening on Twitter but on Facebook as well.
For example, you can see all the restricted accounts I see in my Tweepsmap weekly email update. There were never this many Twitter-restricted accounts before!
The Last Tweet Before a Twitter Suspension
I remember my last tweet was about seeing the space station flying over. I was not threatening anyone. I’m not a bot, I tweet and retweet all the time about things I find my audience will like. I tweet with links, photos, videos, and sometimes just quotes.
My last tweet below before the Twitter Suspension:
Watching it now!!! https://t.co/Wxbl7BUCPq
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) June 12, 2017
The Last of the Twitter Suspensions
Yes, imagine it happened again? This time to my less used Twitter account at @InspireToThrive. You can see I awake early at 4:20 to find this notification on my mobile device.
Well, I think to myself, There is no better way to teach about this than to go through it myself.
So, the next step was to confirm my mobile device. After that, I learned that I could repeal the suspension. I went into the Twitter help center and did just that.
Next, I did receive an email from them. This is why I say it is so important to have access to the email you use to open up your Twitter account at all times!
Finally, about 48 hours later I received an email from the Twitter support team. They had unsuspended my account but the reasons why it was suspended in the first place were a little vague.
After reviewing my own accounts I think it may have happened with what Twitter refers to as “decks.” There were peeps on that account always tagging me with dozens of others in quotes and such. I really did not use the other third-party apps on that account as I wrote about on Medium.
I would thank these peeps and reply. Now, I no longer respond. Of course, I feel bad though 🙁 I’m asking around on Twitter from others using this practice. Stay tuned as they say!
FastBack to Twitter in Late 2020
Twitter support just came out with this tweet on their Ban Evasion Policy. It comes down to this: You cannot circumvent any Twitter suspensions. If you do, you will not be able to use Twitter again ever. This breach will cause a permanent Twitter suspension.
Furthermore, if you are caught helping someone circumvent this rule, your Twitter account will be suspended. You cannot allow someone to take over your Twitter account or imitate one that has been banned.
Our Ban Evasion policy is for people who try to sign up again for Twitter after their account has been suspended.
We know this is an important rule, so we’ve updated it to make it easier to understand and include everything you need to know.https://t.co/mTYPhcwGib
— Twitter Support (@TwitterSupport) October 13, 2020
What are social media users doing now? Be sure to have your own content on a self-hosted website. Furthermore, have a backup of your website too!
Twitter Jail from 2013
I landed in Twitter Jail nine years ago back in 2013. Back then I was stuck in the Twitter Jail for 48 hours. There was no reason or rhythm to it. Finally, no explanation was to be found via Twitter. It was almost to the day this time in 2017 that my Twitter suspension happened again.
It can happen to the best of us as Ana Hoffman found out back then and again now too. Back then I was in a tizzy over it. Not this time. I knew better. Experience can be the best teacher.
Before you learn what to do after your account gets suspended, check out my newest post on the updated Twitter rules to guide you to avoid it!Finally, no explanation was to be found via Twitter. It was almost to the day this time in 2017 that my Twitter suspension happened again. #Twittertips Click To Tweet
What To Do When Twitter Suspends Your Account
- Don’t panic! Take a DEEP breath. Remember, it has happened to many of us before. Twitter does suspend accounts every day with its automated system. You may end up in Twitter jail one day.
- When your Twitter account gets suspended the first time be sure to use their call me feature. (That’s new now! You must have your phone number on your Twitter account. I highly recommend you do. It also helps keep your account secure.) The call me feature may work the first time as it did for me. I’ve heard from a few peeps lately that it hasn’t worked for them. If not, you have to contact them through their Support. You may contact them at Twitter Support. And then go to fix a problem button from there. You can also file an appeal which I did this last time.
- Are you seeing a message that your Twitter account is locked? Your account may also be temporarily disabled in response to reports of spammy or abusive behavior. For example, you may be prevented from Tweeting from your account for a specific period of time or you may be asked to verify certain information about yourself before proceeding. Get help unlocking your account.
- Double-check your URLs in your Twitter profile if you are using both your personal and blog profiles on Twitter. I had both set to the homepage. I changed my personal one to my about page just to be safe.
- Now, check the new page on the Twitter Ban Evasion Policy.
- Lastly, file a lawsuit as Alex Berenson did and won.
Be sure not to miss the above rules when your Twitter account is suspended!
New – Twitter has info for those deactivated Twitter accounts!
- Twitter now has a new page for learning how to reactivate your Twitter account. This new page is for those who have had their Twitter accounts deactivated in the past 30 days only.
How to Avoid Twitter Jail:
- Do not tweet all the same stuff on any multiple Twitter accounts you have. Mix up the wording and images.
- Follow the Twitter Rules. There are at least 30 rules. If you haven’t reviewed them in a while, it’s a great idea to read them again. They have added and changed many of their Twitter rules over the years. They are all not in black and white, many have gray areas.
- Read the Best Practices for following and using Twitter. They do monitor if you follow or unfollow aggressively. (Defined as following hundreds at a time). Beware if you follow and/or unfollow often. Any automatic unfollowing is not acceptable. I wondered if I had gone over this number in my recent Twitter suspension.
- Don’t use AI paraphrasing software like Quillbot and other similar tools to take other people’s popular tweets, rephrase them, and post them as your own. Though AI tools are not specifically mentioned on the Twitter rules page, I’m sure this would be frowned upon.
- Check out their troubleshooting page for additional help and learn how long a Twitter suspension lasts.
More Important Twitter Updates to Avoid Getting Your Twitter Account Suspended
These rules appear on Twitter’s policy page. You may think they are common sense but for some people, they may not be. Impersonation is something I do see from time to time on Twitter. Some get around it by having a “parody account” right in their profile. Have you seen them?
Platform manipulation and spam: You may not use Twitter’s services in a manner intended to artificially amplify or suppress information or engage in behavior that manipulates or disrupts people’s experience on Twitter. Learn more.
Election integrity: You may not use Twitter’s services to manipulate or interfere in elections. This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress voter turnout or mislead people about when, where, or how to vote. Learn more.
Impersonation: You may not impersonate individuals, groups, or organizations in a manner that is intended to or does mislead, confuse, or deceive others. Learn more.
Posting duplicative or substantially similar content, replies, or mentions over multiple accounts you control, or creating duplicate or substantially similar accounts, with or without the use of automation, is never allowed. https://t.co/1LgqPdH462 #Twittertips
— Lisa ??? (@Lisapatb) February 23, 2018
Learn More After Being in Twitter Jail
First, Don’t Panic over it. Knowing I had 48 hours to be Twitter-free, my world would not end in those 48 hours without Twitter. Being in a Twitter Jail can give you more time elsewhere like over on Reddit.
You Will Gain Free Time While in Twitter Jail
The second thing I learned while being blocked by Twitter was that it gave me more free time!
Free time to work and get that much-needed exercise from sitting all day. Not only that but I was able to engage on other networks and grow my blog and business.
You Can Grow Your Other Social Network Audiences
The third thing I learned was I was starting to gain a little traction over on LinkedIn after Ravi wrote his success on the LinkedIn pulse. So I began working on more posts for LinkedIn in the future. I went from 5 views to 50 so I want to continue along there.
The fourth thing I learned was to spend more time on Quora. Since the suspension, I answer people’s questions about Twitter mishaps.
Sometimes to be an expert you have to make mistakes and learn from them by sharing with others. Since this first post appeared my traffic from Quora has become a top referral for traffic here on Inspire To Thrive.
Now Many Are Going Over to Parler from Twitter Now
Yes, many folks who have lost their accounts on Twitter have recently joined Parler. About 5 million joined this new social network site in June of 2020. In November there were thousands by the minute signing up on Parler. However, now in 2022 as more people are fed up with Twitter headed to Gab, Gettr, and Truth, which are similar to Twitter.
Many are conservatives and with all the “political” stuff going on right now this social network site has increased users day by day.
I’ve also made a FREE terminology guide for new users that want to use the Parler app.
Do note, that Parler was shut down by the Amazon servers. Then, Apple and Google would not allow downloads of their app in mid-January of 2021. They are back online today. Other alternative social networks have since sprung up.
I’m not leaving Twitter but wanted to check out this new social network as many big brands are boycotting Facebook and even Twitter.
Another alternative social media site similar to Twitter is called Minds. They have been around much longer than Parler and offer a larger variety of topics like Cryptocurrency, Nature Photography, News, and much more. It really has something for everyone!
Now they are many other alternative social media networks out there for you to try.
Tweet With Multiple Accounts Carefully
Another thing I learned was I was pushing it with Twitter. I was taking some of the rules to the max. Not good! Many Twitter experts say when you have two accounts not to keep tweeting the same stuff. I’ve done variations but I’ve got to be much more careful going forward.
So, if you have two accounts BEWARE.
So if you have multiple Twitter accounts be very careful not to tweet the same stuff. Mix it up! Don’t share the same stuff from the same automation tools like Hootsuite, Agorapulse, or Buffer. I’m using a newer tool called Missinger Lttr and it helps to tweet out different content every time!
Don’t Just Tweet All Links
Twitter does not like Twitter accounts that only tweet out links. I began to think, had I been doing that? I do tweet many links as I’m sharing others’ content and my own there.
Most bloggers do tweet out mostly links. It’s time to go to the 80/20 rule to be safe. 20 percent of your tweets should not contain a link to stay within the Twitter rules.
However, the newest fad is tweetstorms. Those are text tweets that you can add to each and make it a longer format tweet. These types of tweets are getting more engagement on the social network.
The Most Important Thing To Learn From Twitter Suspensions
Do NOT rely just on one social network. Remember, social media is all rented space. A self-hosted blog is the best way to go with owning your own content.
You can make your own rules and do what you what with your own property.
Being on a social network is like renting, you never know when the rent will go up or the place will close down.Do NOT rely just on one social network. Remember, social media is all rented space. #socialmedia Click To Tweet
Twitter Account Reactivated
I got an email with an apology from Twitter. Yes, they really did apologize! No wonder I love the Twitter network. They apologized for suspending my Twitter account for 48 hours.
Twitter actually apologized for having suspended my account!
Twitter Spam Groups
Caught up in spam groups by mistake? So it was nothing done in error. Thank goodness for that. So it can happen to you too for no reason. Always remember never to put all your social eggs in one social basket. You may lose one and need some others along the way.
Now, there is also the Twitter algorithm that has changed dramatically in 2021. Learn how it can affect your Twitterness with Twitter in 2022 and beyond!
Just How Long Does Twitter Suspension Last?
From my 2 experiences of a Twitter suspension, it was 48 hours to the minute each time. But if you are being spammy or violate their terms, your Twitter suspension can last longer. Other people I’ve learned had their accounts suspended for a month or forever.
So be careful about how and what you tweet and know the Twitter rules! I’ve also been in the bots when I could not log into Twitter.
Once I put in my phone number in it was unlocked. Therefore, please remember to have your mobile phone number in your Twitter settings. This will help you to unlock your account when you cannot get it in.
Thank You Twitter Friends
Thank you to everyone who emailed me, and sent me private messages with screenshots to find out what happened to my Twitter account. It’s so nice to know fellow bloggers and content marketers have your back in these situations!
FAQs about Twitter Suspensions and How to Avoid Having Your Twitter Account Locked Out
Your account can be suspended for a day, a few days, or up to a month or it may be a permanent suspension.
Use the call me feature. If you don’t have that – try to contact support on Twitter. If those do not work check out their reactivation page online. (Link is above.)
Read the Twitter rules. Know the changes that they have made. Be careful what you tweet. Be careful tweeting the same thing over and over and with multiple accounts if you have them.
Yes, your account may be “caught up in the bots.” This happens more often than not.
They can be. Former President Trump is a good example of this. His account was suspended permanently in January of 2021.
Yes, you can. You can fill out this form on Twitter.
The Final Analysis
My Twitter Conclusion On Why I Landed in Twitter Jail – I believe I may have unfollowed too many people as I was using Social Quant. I have since stopped using Social Quant though I do NOT blame them in any way. However, they did have great services that are no longer available.
According to the Twitter email, it was the bots.
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