Nobel Peace Prize winner Desmond Tutu had his Twitter account briefly suspended for “aggressively following” other users, just hours after it was launched.
The ex-archbishop’s @TutuLegacy account racked up hundreds of followers in its first hours of use, before being blacklisted.
“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,” Tutu tweeted soon after he was unblocked.
His foundation had earlier expressed dismay at the decision. “Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as ‘aggressive following,’” it said in a statement.
“I hope the powers that be at Twitter find it in their hearts to fix the problem and let us communicate again,” Tutu’s daughter Mpho said. “We need to reassure all those people who started following us today that this is the real deal!”