Twitter Allows Users to Appeal Against Bans as It Reinstates Suspended Accounts

Twitter will allow users to appeal against an account suspension starting this month, with the company proactively reinstating previously banned accounts.

Twitter, which was acquired by billionaire Elon Musk in October, confirmed late last year that it had identified policies where permanent suspension “was a disproportionate action for breaking Twitter rules”.

“Going forward, we will take less severe actions, such as limiting the reach of policy-violating Tweets or asking you to remove Tweets before you can continue using your account,” the company said.

“Account suspension will be reserved for severe or ongoing, repeat violations of our policies.”

Twitter confirmed that it did not reinstate accounts that engaged in illegal activity, threats of harm or violence, large-scale spam and platform manipulation, or where there was no recent appeal to have the account reinstated.

The account of former US president Donald Trump was reinstated in November after a majority of respondents in a poll run by MrMusk said they wanted him back on the platform.

He was banned for allegedly inciting violence after the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol. Despite the lifting of his ban, he hasn’t tweeted since January 8, 2021.



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