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Sharing information surrounding media that we have determined will not be allowed based on our policies. This thread is intended to cover the most common questions being asked.
We don't immediately detect every single violating image on our platform the minute it is posted. It may be detected proactively using models/ algorithms or detected through user reports. Various events and new information can result in more severe treatment of content.
Once we determine media will not be allowed we run automated processes that find and restrict tweets, which is the only way we can remove it fast and at scale. Rules are applied to everyone and considering context is not possible at thousands of tweets hourly.
If the media is being shared mainly for awareness we will not apply a strike or even a timeout for posting it. If you continue to repost the violating content, that will incur a strike and will result in escalating time outs.
There is a valid debate about whether we should/ shouldn't remove incitement related media. Many different users believe their tweet should be allowed including the original creator of the media. We have biased towards not allowing Twitter to be used to incite violence.

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Explain the reason for the policy violation that led to the suspension or if not sure, ask for the reason your account was suspended. Soon the suspension reason will be displayed on the account page, but we will continue to send email notifications as well.
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