Twitter users have been left bemused after the accounts of a number of prominent crypto advocates were abruptly suspended – without any apparent explanation.
Accounts belonging to influential individuals such as PlanB and Willy Woo were briefly taken down, although both of these have since been restored.
Ditto. My account was suspended for ~6 hrs.
— Willy Woo (@woonomic)
Other accounts – such as those belonging to @thecryptodog and The Chairman (@wsbchairman) – currently remain suspended.
In each case, account details, photos and all posts have been rendered invisible and only the users’ handles and the message “Account suspended. Twitter suspends accounts which violate the Twitter Rules” is shown in each case.
Twitter is yet to provide a rationale, but many users on the social media platform have been attempting to work out which accounts have been affected and what might connect the users in question.
Some have claimed the suspensions may have something to do with the #NFTBlocklist hashtag, a response to a phenomenon that has seen what some have termed “predatory art profit theft accounts” attempting to cash in on the non-fungible token (NFT) frenzy by tokenizing tweets.
Users have been attempting to compile lists of offending accounts – although many of these appear to still be functioning normally at the time of writing, adding further confusion to the matter.
User Icebergy offered one plausible-sounding theory, writing,
“Seven top crypto Twitter accounts have been banned. We have never seen something like this before.”
Crypto-specializing lawyer Collins Belton speculated,