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Twitter unfreezes BBOG campaigner’s account over suspected violations


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THE Twitter Handle of Aisha Yesufu, Co-founder of #BringBackOurGirls (BBOG), campaign @AishaYesufu was on Thursday frozen by the social media firm but released a few hours later.

“Caution: this account is temporarily restricted. You are seeing this warning because there has been some unusual activity from this account,” the statement from Twitter read.

The account was, however, restored shortly at about 12:27 pm with details of why it was suspended.

In a direct response to her personal email, with reference number 0122675480, Twitter explained it suspected it as an automated spam twitter account, thus flagged. But the tech firm later apologised to Yesufu for the inconveniences.

“We are writing to let you know that your account is now unlocked. We are sorry for the inconvenience,” Twitter stated.

“A little background: We have systems that find and remove automated spam twitter accounts, and it looks like yours was flagged as spam by mistake. This can happen if an account exhibits automated behaviour in violation of our rules.

“We apologize for the mixup, and hope to see you back on Twitter soon.”

Response from the social media platform further excited Yesufu, as she extended her gratitude to her more than 100, 000 followers for lending their voices.

“….I have gotten a mail from Twitter and I am back,” she stated. “I will continue to be a voice. My voice is not for myself alone but for so many others who unfortunately did not get that education that so many of us take for granted to have a voice. Thank you.”

Within a short period, the response from twitter had garnered over 1400 likes and 445 retweets with 221 comments as at the time of filing this report.

However, Yesufu’s handle was not the first to be suspended by Twitter. The account of  Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, Nigeria’s Vice President, was unverified a couple of weeks ago.

It was suspended based on false claims that he was tactically using the account to lure votes through the TraderMoni scheme, months away to the Bayelsa State governorship poll.


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