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This article was published on November 23, 2016

Twitter suspended CEO Jack Dorsey’s account by mistake

Twitter suspended CEO Jack Dorsey’s account by mistake

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:

For a brief period, @jack’s profile hadn’t yet had its full follower count of 3.9 million restored. Naturally, jokes ensued:

To their credit, Dorsey and Co. laid the matter to rest with a clever quip:

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?