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Ciara O'Rourke
By Ciara O'Rourke July 11, 2022

No, Twitter didn’t suspend Elon Musk’s account

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  • Elon Musk’s Twitter account wasn’t suspended. 
  • The account that was suspended had a similar-looking handle but it used a capital “I” instead of a lowercase “l” in the name “Elon.”

After Elon Musk moved to back out of his deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, the social media company threatened to sue him, but it didn’t suspend his account. 

Still, some social media posts are sharing what looks like evidence that Twitter did. 

"Elon Musk page is suspended on Twitter after backing out of $44B deal," said one Instagram post sharing an image of a Twitter page showing @eIonmusk’s account had been suspended. 

This post was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)

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Musk’s verified Twitter account handle is his name, @elonmusk, and there’s no evidence he was suspended. Musk has been tweeting regularly, including a meme he shared on July 10 mocking Twitter’s legal threats. 

An account with a similar-looking handle has been suspended: @eIonmusk with a capital "I" instead of a lowercase "l" in Musk’s first name. A suspension notice on the account’s page does not spell out why it was suspended, but Twitter takes action on accounts with misleading and deceptive identities.

We rate claims that Musk’s account was suspended False.


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