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Twitter blames human error after blocking a New York Times account over the weekend

Twitter blames human error after blocking a New York Times account over the weekend
From TechCrunch - November 27, 2017

Over the holiday weekend, The New York Times found that one of its Twitter accounts had been locked. @nytimesworld was frozen for a full 24 hours over an innocuous tweet about a story in which Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau apologized for the countrys treatment of indigenous school children.

Twitter restored the account Sunday afternoon, apologizing to The Times for any inconvenience this may have caused. The service blamed the temporary freeze on human error, but didnt offer much more by way of explanation. After reviewing the account, it appears that one of our agents made an error, Twitter told The Times. We have flagged this issue so that similar mistakes are not made going forward.

Its true that mistakes do happen, but this is yet another high-profile bumble for Twitter in a year thats been filled with them. Last month, the service issued a new set of rules, focused on unwanted sexual advances, non-consensual nudity, hate symbols, violent groups, and tweets that glorifies violence.

The stricter set of guidelines came in the wake of bad publicity for temporarily blocking Rose McGowan from the site, after the actress publicly called out Harvey Weinstein. Twitter later reinstated McGowans account, citing her inclusion of a private phone number.

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