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How to Avoid Getting Your Account Suspended on Twitter

I have always wanted to talk about this. I should have done this post earlier because a lot of people have already suffered the consequences.

Whatever I am going to write today is totally based on my experiences. First of all, you all should know that twitter is not just a silly platform where you update your status and spam others; it is much more than that. Twitter is constantly improving their services and I am sure you can see the changes.

When twitter was launched in 2006, it didn’t have that many rules. You could do almost everything– from sending mass DMs to following massive people. Now why would you follow random people? Well of course, you want to be popular so you are expecting the person you follow to follow you back. If this is what is in your mind then please forget it— Twitter has changed a lot. You should go through their TOS which most people ignore. To be honest, they don’t have many rules to follow and if you do it straight, you will never have to suffer the consequences.

Now back to the topic; two of my twitter accounts which are linked to my other blogs were managed by a team member. The market has been saturated by tons of twitter tools that help you increase your followers. I finally decided to test drive and find out the best tool so, I asked my team to try out several of them using my other two twitter accounts.

The result—it went smooth for almost a month and a two but recently, I came to know that both of the accounts got suspended. Now imagine how it feels to gain almost 10k followers over couple of months and then losing them in a moment. Believe me, you don’t want this to happen.

So now what—I contacted the twitter support and explained them and finally got my accounts reinstated.

If you are thinking about breaking twitter’s TOS all the time, getting suspended and then requesting them to reinstate your account—you should stop using their service because this will never work. Erase this thought from your mind and focus on how to maintain your account.

Currently, twitter allows you to follow less than 1000 people on twitter on a daily basis. If you mass follow, you will be banned. I would not suggest you to use any random tools to increase your followers. There are some that really work but again, if you go against the TOS, even the tools are useless. It is not the machine, it is the user who does thing and faces the consequences. I strongly suggest that you choose couple of people who are in your niche and follow them.  Limit your following to 50-100 per day if you want to be on the safe side.


Massive following is not the only reason that can get your account suspended but it is the most valid reason. There is no point following random people, instead focus on targeted followers. There are several more causes such as Spamming, attacking an individual verbally etc that can also lead your account to get banned.

What to do when you account gets Suspended?

If your account gets suspended for aggressive following behaviors, you will need to send an email or contact the support and tell them that you have read and understood the TOS and will never perform such acts again.

First, find out why your account is suspended and then also check out Following Best Practices help page.


Twitter has gained notability and popularity worldwide. It is sometimes described as “SMS of the Internet. As a good twitter citizen, we should deliver the best and freshest most relevant information to people. Do not simply treat twitter as a social network, but an information network.

Make sure you follow twitter rules because they are dead serious about it and they will not tolerate any spam, aggressive following and abuse their service. If you account is brand new, follow 200 a day for a week and then take a break.

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I will be reviewing a few good twitter tools in the upcoming days and your feedback will be appreciated. If you have any questions or need tips, the comment box is all yours. Good luck and stay on the safe side…

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  • ladytraffic

    Very instructive. I was aware of the rules because I read them. But you explained them very well. You just forgot one thing though, mass unfollow is also forbidden.

  • Thank you for including the tip. You are right indeed; mass unfollowing can also get you banned on twitter. If you limit it to 200 a day, it should be just fine.

  • The easiest way to get suspended is start an account and keep following more than 1k person a day. The next day the account will be suspended straight away. Source: Experience. 😀

  • i would like to clarify that twitter wont allow you to follow 1000 a day. It did in the early days when it started. But now, i would advice that you dont follow more than 100-200 people a day. Besides, there is no point following random people who wont add value to your system. Good luck and stay on the safe side

  • Avoid frequent following and un-following to boost views to your Twitter profile. Do not use automated systems or software to add bulk friends or followers because this is a major red flag.

  • I think because of having automatic spam messages. Tip of advice don't go on sites saying that your going to have more followers if you sign up there. I think, if people send message or emails to twitter saying that you should get your twitter unsupended then they might unsuspend your twitter account. That's what I'm trying to do.

  • When I click on that person's user name to see his/her account, it's suspended! And I can't find them among people who follow me!

  • I haven't jumped on to twitter but I did get booted off of Yahoo answers. If I do join twitter I'll heed your advice.

  • Thank you for this very informative article! I started w/ Twitter last Fall & learn new things all the time. I really wondered when I saw accounts with only 1, or maybe 3 or 4, posts yet had 1,000 followers. Now I understand.

  • Twitter is the good and micro-blogging site for the computer users..millions of user use twitter for his business purpose and if u have the good followers base on twitter and suddenly you account have been banned then u need to follow the above steps, good steps suggested by the writer.

    Jacob Luis

  • No warning, no hint about why. I’ve been using Twitter for well over a year. I have blogged extensively about Twitter

  • yvm16

    Unfortunately there are some more reasons that are beyond the TOS , which are beyond comprehension, i have 2-3 different twitter accounts which I run for separate companies, yesterday I made a new one (again for a new company), none have anything to do with each other.
    And guess what in less then 15 hours when i have not even email verified the account with 0 followings and o tweets, this new account has been suspended.
    Can anyone explain why? That wud take a shit load off my head in future dealing with twitter.

  • Under normal circumstances Twitter does not monitor or censor the information that is Tweeted from the millions of Tweets and millions of accounts. Your account is only monitored if it has been flagged or reported as “suspicious activity.

  • The easiest way to get suspended is start an account and keep following more than 1k person a day. The next day the account will be suspended straight away.

  • As for your case, you need to be more careful with what you do on this site. Please be sure to read all rules very carefully to avoid getting your account suspended like the last one-and they should be read as often as possible.

  • You can no longer follow over 1k people on twitter. Its not even close. I would suggest you follow only 400-700 a day to stay safe. I dont really think you need to follow random people just to increase your followers count. try targeting people in your niche. Cheers

  • Prevention is always better than cure. This blog post will definitely helps a lot of users on Twitter.

  • There are a lot of people making a lot of money through Twitter and Twitter aren’t seeing a cent of it, but they’re still having to pay for the bandwidth each month! Something has to give.

  • There are lot's of things you need to keep in your mind , your twitter account contains informational not promotional, i mean use text and group discussion not send only company link and promotional activities…don't use adult content..

    Jacob Luis

  • Thanks for the tips. Hopefully, I will never face getting suspended from Twitter.

  • Very informative, after building up my own twitter account I have recently been working on several accounts for other companies, I have found that 2 out of 6 of these accounts were suspended, I have managed to get one re-instated and am hopefully to recover the other one, I was actually using “State-of-the Art” software so was shocked when it happened. I agree, don’t use automated, use manual and build it, they will come 🙂

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  • branden

    What if I was to say I followed 1k every day for 2 weeks straight, and then got suspended. Does it increase the amount of time for my twitter account to be reinstalled? And if it was to be reinstalled, would all my followings and followers be back in placed?

    • Salman Ahsan

      you will get your followers and following back in shape after getting back your account but i wouldnt suggest that you aggressively follow random people just to increase your followers. Also bear in mind that not all will follow back so try gathering a targetted list and use tweet adder or some other tool to follow 200-300 per day or in 12 hours duration and you should be fine. Hope that helps

  • Andrew

    I have just had my account suspended 3 days prior to an election.

    My posts were to some degree repetitious but they were a political message which would reach different demographics at different times of the day across the under hashtags.

    If you check the spam act political communication is exempt of the spam act.

    There were no monies derived from the tweets. About 10-20 per day. There was no personal attacks and many tweets that were @ were television programs.

    It also appears Twitter is removing posts with hyperlinks to particular websites which may impact powerful lobby groups in the US. So much for free speech.

    Meanwhile the porn spam bots continue under the same hashtag along with the some vial language poster with the most vitriol of language.

    Id say I was reported by someone with enough sway to have me canned 2 days prior the election.

    I cant see Twitter surviving under this reporting model. Business will need several accounts to prevent suspension.

    Now that Twitter are implementing advertising it will only take one of the other big dotcoms to release and improved version before complete collapse.

    If I were business I wouldn’t invest the time with such volatility in the reporting procedure.

    It appears someone with power has had me suspended at a whim.

    I cant see Twitter sustaining long term business. Their policy is too willy nilly.

    Its a lot to lose.