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As if Twitter hadn’t already dealt us enough rude shocks all year, the company had another big one up its sleeve: suspending its CEO’s account.
The Register reports that around 6PM PT, CEO Jack Dorsey’s profile (@jack) displayed an ‘account suspended’ message. The company managed to restore his account 15 minutes later. The gaff amused many a Twitter user:
HAHAHA @Jack Dorsey got suspended from his own platform ???
MEME MAGIC IS REAL FOLKS ? pic.twitter.com/vCb4Lbwuno
— Baked Alaska™ (@bakedalaska) November 23, 2016
For a brief period, @jack’s profile hadn’t yet had its full follower count of 3.9 million restored. Naturally, jokes ensued:
Guys, I now have more followers than @jack pic.twitter.com/tgfktdvxCt
— Jon Passantino (@passantino) November 23, 2016
To their credit, Dorsey and Co. laid the matter to rest with a clever quip:
just setting up my twttr…again (account suspension was an internal mistake)
— jack (@jack) November 23, 2016
Fans of Twitter will recognize Dorsey’s reference to the first tweet ever, which he posted in 2006, back when the service was called twtrr.
Interestingly, @jack now has only 3.47 million followers. It’s unclear as to how the profile may have shed close to half a million followers over an internal error, but let’s hope that doesn’t happen to anyone else.
2016, don’t scare us like that again, mmkay?
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