June 19, 2021
Twitter abusive accounts temporary restrictions

Twitter Abusive Accounts Temporary Restrictions Hitting Users

Twitter abusive accounts temporary restrictions are hitting users on the microblog, most lasting for a twelve-hour period for violating platform rules…

At the beginning of this month, Twitter announced its stepping up of safety measures, including detecting abusive accounts. Now, the microblog is actively limiting users identified as engaging in inappropriate behavior. 

Twitter Abusive Accounts Temporary Restrictions being Implemented

Users which violate the Twitter Rules receive a message, which reads in part, “We’ve detected some potentially abusive behavior from your account so only your followers can see your activity on Twitter for the amount of time shown below.”

The new rules enforcement measures started hitting user accounts last week. The limitation set means users not following an account won’t see penalized profiles’ tweets. However, users already following a profile will still see the penalized accounts tweets. But, even if an existing follower retweets a penalized profile’s tweet, it won’t appear outside their followers list.

Accounts which have received temporary restriction notifications all appear penalized for a twelve-hour period. However, it’s currently unknown if there are longer penalty periods and/or levels of restrictions. 

Twitter states that it isn’t penalizing users for one-off offenses but rather, looks at an account’s behavior overall. The new restriction implementation comes at the behest of users, to which Ed Ho, VP of Engineering, responded in a tweet, “We’ve heard you, we didn’t move fast enough last year; now we’re thinking about progress in days and hours not weeks and months.”


Back in December, Chief Executive Jack Dorsey tweeted with users for over six hours, asking what features most wanted. Twitter also recently launched an Explore tab as a one-stop search option.

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