The most popular YouTuber, at approx 50 million subscribers account was suspended in 2016 after he made a joke about ISIS. The suspension was short lived and his account is now live again. PewDiePie (real name, Felix Kjellberg) unverified himself with no explanation. To help explain it a fake news account posting under SkyNiews “reported” that PewDiePie’s account was unverified for “suspected relations with ISIS.” PewDiePie saw this and joked that his decision to join ISIS actually was why he lost his blue check mark, assuming people would get his sarcasm. Unfortunately, his joke backfired because Twitter felt he had broken their guidelines by “promoting hate.” PewDiePie’s account is no longer verified on Twitter and the vlogger claims he chose to un-verify himself in a post on YouTube.
The rapper’s Twitpic account, which lets you post photos and video on Twitter, was suspended in 2010 after he posted an X-rated photo of a bikini clad woman with a jumbo burger. “Y’all like my Kim K burger?” he tweeted alongside a photo of woman with a hamburger, well, you can probably guess where. Later he tweet “Twitpic just suspended my account damn. They got 30mns to get it back or ima go haywire.” Oddly Twitter blocked his picture posting abilities, but let him carry on with his bizarre tweets.
She was banned for the best reason ever: drunk tweeting. Adele wasn’t officially banned by Twitter itself, but by her managers. “I’m not a drinker any more,” Adele explained in 2015. “But when Twitter first came out I was drunk tweeting and nearly put my foot in it quite a few times.” “So my management decided that you have to go through two people and then it has to be signed off by someone, but they’re all my tweets. No one writes my tweets. They just post them for me.”
While Banks wasn’t officially banned from Twitter, her account was suspended over racist and homophobic tweets aimed at singer and former One Direction star Zayn Malik, who she called a “hairy curry scented bitch.” However, attacking Malik disturbed the buzzing hornets nest of One Direction fans on Twitter, who quickly swarmed to his defense.
Love’s account, CourtneyLoveUK, was suspended in 2011 while she was in the midst of a defamation lawsuit. Love was being sued by fashion designer Dawn Simorangkir for a March 2009 Twitter rant she wrote against the designer accusing her of being “a drug-pushing, thieving prostitute with a history of assault and battery.” It is the first-ever high-profile defamation lawsuit over a celeb’s comments on Twitter, but Love stopped it from going to court by paying Simorangkir a $430,000 settlement. That account is still suspended, Love continues to tweet under @courtney.
The woman who was crowned Miss Puerto Rico in 2015 had her Twitter deactivated after she shared anti-Muslim messages. The tweets were aimed at filmmaker Michael Moore, who had posted a photo of himself outside Trump Tower with a sign saying “We are all Muslims” after Trump proposed a ban.
Twitter has long been criticised for not doing enough to ban offensive accounts, but the social network swung a little too far in the opposite direction when it briefly suspended its own chief executive. In November 2016, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey was briefly booted from the platform he helped co-found. Users reported seeing a pop-up telling them Dorsey’s account had been suspended. It was restored just moments later, but he had lost the majority of his 3.9 million followers. The CEO tweeted out to followers that the error was an “internal mistake.” The same tweet also saw him channel his first ever post on the service: “just setting up twttragain.”