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Twitter accidentally blocks ‘spam’ Desmond Tutu account

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By John Glenday, Reporter

August 9, 2013 | 1 min read

An overzealous clean-up drive at Twitter has snared an unfortunate casualty after the account of retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu was unceremoniously binned during a spam clear out.

The international figure had only been a member of the micro blogging site for a matter of hours, using the @TutuLegacy handle to promote his Legacy Foundation.

Sadly that work was soon silenced when moderators temporarily pulled the plug on the account by accident, believing it to be spam.

Having been abruptly censored Tutu complained: “Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as 'aggressive following' or whether the number of people who followed @TutuLegacy in a short space of time was to blame."

But, in one of his first tweets since resuming online duties, Tutu said: "Twitter says it's 'sorry for the inconvenience' over our suspension. We got caught up in a spam cleanup. Glad it wasn't something we said."

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