14 million Twitter accounts were suspended over 10 years


Twitter is the seventh-most popular social media site in the world and is primarily used by men. Additionally, its user base has been steadily expanding over the past few years and shows no indications of slowing down.

According to a new research by WhizCase, about 14 million Twitter accounts were suspended over the past 10 years:

Stats regarding the suspended accounts

  • Between 2012 and 2021 – 13.7M accounts were permanently or temporarily suspended, 21M were under consideration for suspension, and 24.8M tweets were deleted.
  • Twitter’s compliance rate from 2012 – 2021 was around 51%, but particularly in 2021, it dropped to 27%.
  • 9 million content removal requests were issued in 2021.
  • The number of suspended accounts increased drastically in 2018 to one and a half million from 6 700 in 2017.
  • The harshest year was 2019 – 7.8 million accounts were suspended.
  • The main reasons why Twitter suspended accounts in 2021 were child sexual exploitation, impersonation, and sensitive media.

Learn the most significant facts and statistics about Twitter in the following sections:

Twitter statistics in 2022

The most significant Twitter statistics for 2022 are listed below:

  • 56.4% of all Twitter users are male, with 43.6% being women as of 2022
  • Twitter ranks 15th in terms of user numbers among other social media platforms
  • In 2021, Twitter’s revenue was a little over $5 billion
  • Elon Musk bought Twitter for $44 billion
  • Elon Musk fired 4 top executives from Twitter after acquiring the company: the CEO, the CFO, the Head of Legal Policy, and the General Counsel
  • @BarrackObama is the most popular account on Twitter, with over 133 million followers
  • Over 500 million tweets are sent per day on Twitter
  • 23% of all US adults use Twitter
  • There are over 77.75 million Twitter users in the US
  • 69% of US Twitter users say that they use Twitter to stay up-to-date with recent news
  • Twitter had approximately 429.79 million global users in 2021 (but not daily users)
  • The average US Twitter user spends 6 minutes per day using the app
  • Twitter has more than 1 billion downloads on the Play Store and 19 million reviews, averaging 4.6 stars
  • 40% of all Twitter users admit that they’ve bought something based on Twitter ads
  • 74% of Twitter users use the app for entertainment purposes coupled with news awareness

  • Twitter users spend 26% more time viewing ads on the platform compared to other social media platforms
  • Twitter is currently banned in China, India, North Korea, Iran, and Turkmenistan
  • 42% of all Twitter users went to college
  • 65% of all Twitter users identify themselves as liberal, making Twitter a liberal-leaning platform
  • 10% of all Twitter users tweet 92% of the global tweets
  • 25% of all US Twitter users tweet 97% of the US tweets
  • Twitter has limited 3,215 accounts and over 28,370 tweets between 2012 and 2020
  • 44% of all Twitter accounts have never sent a single tweet in their lifetimes
  • 90% of the US population knows what Twitter is
  • Businesses that market their products on Twitter see an increase of 40% in their ROI
  • Brands are 2.3x more likely to achieve their KPIs (key performance indicators) if they launch/promote their products on Twitter
  • The most popular brand on Twitter is YouTube

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Fun Facts About Twitter

There are many amusing and fascinating facts and statistics about Twitter’s past that are worth mentioning. Here are some interesting Twitter stats for you:

  • Twitter first started with Odeo, a startup podcasting platform
  • Twitter won the Best Startup award in 2007
  • Twitter’s logo is based on the hummingbird, and it contains 15 overlayed symmetrical circles
  • Twitter’s reputation exploded after the company deleted over 70 million fake accounts
  • One time, Twitter’s servers crashed when thousands of users tried to view a picture simultaneously
  • The most used emoji on Twitter is the “laughing face with tears of joy”
  • 75% of all Twitter emojis convey positive emotions
  • @BarrackObama is the most popular account on Twitter, with over 133 million followers
  • In 2009, CNN and Ashton Kutcher battled for the honor of reaching 1 million followers first on Twitter. Ashton Kutcher won in the end
  • Ivy Bean was the oldest Twitter user at 104 years old until she died in 2010. She sent over 1,000 tweets and gained over 56,000 followers throughout her account’s lifespan
  • The Red Cross raised $8 million in under 48 hours via Twitter after the Haiti earthquake in 2010
  • A rogue Twitter employee deactivated former president Donald Trump’s account for 11 minutes in 2017
  • 70% of all Twitter users are interested in soccer and regularly follow the sport
  • After Donald Trump’s ban in 2021, Twitter’s userbase increased by 21%
  • Taylor Swift is the most influential person on Twitter, according to a 2019 study by Brandwatch

  • Twitter was first named “twttr” after Evan Williams, one of the co-founders, suggested “FriendStalker” as a name idea
  • The Vatican claimed in 2013 that following the Pope on Twitter makes you a better person
  • The bluebird on Twitter’s logo is named Larry
  • Jack Dorsey posted the first-ever tweet on March 21st, 2006, when he said, “just setting up my twttr”
  • The most retweeted tweet of all time (over 3 million retweets) belongs to Ellen DeGeneres, who took a selfie with several actors during the 2014 Oscars
  • User Chris Messina first proposed using the hashtag in 2007
  • Twitter first made a profit in Q4 2017, five years after the launch
  • An average Twitter user follows at least 5 brands
  • It took 3 years, 2 months, and 1 day for Twitter to reach the billionth tweet sent
  • It now takes one week for users to send a billion tweets on the platform
  • When Michael Jackson died in 2009, Twitter broke the TPs record (tweets-per-second), reaching 456
  • The current TPS record on Twitter is 6,939. It was set 4 seconds after New Year’s Eve in Japan
  • Elon Musk famously said that he’d fire 75% of Twitter employees, but he later said he likely wouldn’t
  • Elon Musk fired 4 top executives from Twitter after acquiring the company: the CEO, the CFO, the Head of Legal Policy, and the General Counsel
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