Suspicious Activity on Twitter

screenshot of Twitter profile with grayed out images

Have you seen my Twitter account in the past couple of days? Probably not. Even the people who click a link to view it directly are cautioned against viewing my profile.

"Caution: This account is temporary restricted" notice
Just click “Yes”

I’m not entirely sure what happened. Twitter locked me out while I was in my account doing usual things yesterday.

I followed the steps on the screen to confirm I’m human and could provide a phone number. Twitter immediately announced that my account was unlocked.

Message: "Account unlocked."

Going through the process was unnerving. I read Twitter’s Rules again, because, yes, I would like to prevent future lockouts. The rules gave me no clue as to what triggered the lockout.

At least the process was quick, I thought.

Unfortunately, no, the ordeal hasn’t ended. I attempted to tweet about what happened. Twitter refused every one of my attempts.

Message: "This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can't complete this action right now. Please try again later."
My account is unlocked, but I’m supposed to not make any noise from it?

Not only that, but I’m not allowed to show appreciation for others’ tweets. Twitter is denying my attempts to like or retweet others’ posts on the site.

This request looks like it might be automated. To protect our users from spam and other malicious activity, we can’t complete this action right now. Please try again later.

I’ve checked over my profile, tweets, and settings for signs that someone else has acted from my account. Nothing looks suspicious to me except for Twitter’s notices.

The insulting part of this is that while I’m left figuring out what’s happening, Twitter is acting if as I’m the threat.

Screenshot of restricted account
This is what people are seeing when they click to view my profile

Why? What rule did I break? I couldn’t tweet anyone for answers yesterday, so today, I went to Twitter’s Help Center.

The Help Center is not helpful. Twitter already acknowledged me as the owner. What else do they want?

Twitter says I should’ve received an email about all of this. My email address is correct and my email notifications are turned on. A search turned up nothing in my email folders about this incident. Why am I not receiving emails about the security of my account if that’s the concern?

Okay, then! The next step on the journey for answers was to contact Twitter’s support team. They’re not known for quick responses, but an answer next month is better than nothing. Right?

Login issue contact form with message, "Try again later: Your computer or network may be sending automated queries"

Google’s CAPTCHA challenged me, like, a dozen times before deciding that I’m a bot. All I can do is nothing, apparently.

People have treated me as if I’m not human before. A bot treating me like a bot is even more frustrating.

At this point, I’m tempted to delete my @writeramlynn account. All I’m fighting for is the opportunity to micro-blog about writing, fiction publishing, folklore, and nature photography, which make up the majority of my tweets.

We’ll see what happens in another couple of days.

Update: My account was unlocked fours days after this post. Read my Twitter updates to see what happened.