Twitter blocks and limits accounts for spam; users believe it is a bug

Several users have reported being blocked from their Twitter accounts for spam, despite having done nothing

When all seemed quiet with Twitter, a new problem arises. Many people are reporting that their account was blocked, supposedly for spamming.

The curious thing about the case is that all those affected mention that they have not done anything out of the ordinary on Twitter, limiting themselves to giving RT or Like to the publications that appear to them.

In fact, it seems that several of those affected have not even posted anything recently or sent Direct Messages to their contacts.

This has provoked all sorts of complaints and claims, some even pointing out that it is somewhat ironic that there are blocks for fake spam, in a supposedly “censorship-free” network.



Twitter blocking for spam could be a bug of the platform

This massive blocking on Twitter for spam could well be an error or bug in the platform’s code, according to user statements.

Several of those who were supposedly blocked on Twitter have continued posting almost without any complications, regardless of whether they are verified or not.

Others point out that, although they get the blocking message, the only thing they have done to access their account is to log out and log back in.

So far no representative of the social network has mentioned anything about these blockages or why they happened.

Can Twitter block me for spam?

In a normal scenario, which does not involve this massive blocking, Twitter can punish you for spamming by disabling your account.

According to Twitter’s policies, blocking for spam can occur for the following reasons:

  • Spam for commercial purposes, which generally aims to divert traffic or attention from a Twitter conversation to other accounts, websites, products, services or initiatives.
  • Fake interactions that aim to make accounts or content appear more popular or active than they really are
  • Coordinated activity that aims to artificially influence conversations through the use of multiple accounts, fake accounts, automated actions or scripts
  • Coordinated harmful activity that encourages or promotes behaviors that violate the Twitter Rules
  • Leveraging Twitter’s open source code to circumvent platform fixes or defenses

From what we have seen of the recent case, virtually none of those affected by the blocking have engaged in any of these practices.

It is expected that this Twitter issue will be fixed within the day.


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