Twitter Suspends Robin Williams Account Four Years After His Death

It appears that Twitter deleted the account of the late Robin Williams

  • On Tuesday Twitter announced they would be suspending accounts through the @TwitterSafety account

  • Williams daughter Zelda had to delete her Twitter following harassment after her father’s death

  • Twitter users noticed the Williams account was suspended on Wednesday

Following a recent increase in social media bans, Twitter users were shocked to see the account of the late Robin Williams was suspended on Wednesday night.

On Tuesday, the account @TwitterSafety sent out a tweet saying that the social media giant would be “suspending accounts for attempting to evade an account suspension.” It is not confirmed that this had anything to do with Williams’ account being suspended.

This week, we are suspending accounts for attempting to evade an account suspension. These accounts were previously suspended for abusive behavior or evading a previous suspension, and are not allowed to continue using Twitter.

Some claim the account was a fake that did not belong to Williams. A thread on reddit claims Williams’ account was deleted in 2016; then someone else grabbed the Twitter handle @RobinWilliams. The thread provides links to a shot of the URL on February 15, 2017 and shows a fake account with the handle.

In 2014, Williams’ daughter Zelda Williams deactivated her Twitter and Instagram accounts after at least two people sent her pictures of her deceased father and others sent her messages blaming her for the actor’s death.

Twitter’s vice president Del Harvey announced they would be increasing their user-protection policies following the harassment Zelda received. “We will not tolerate abuse of this nature on Twitter,” Harvey said in an interview with CNN.

We have suspended a number of accounts related to this issue for violating our rules and we are in the process of evaluating how we can further improve our policies to better handle tragic situations like this one.

This includes expanding our policies regarding self-harm and private information, and improving support for family members of deceased users.

It was reported Williams was never very active on his social media. He mainly used the accounts to promote shows and give thank you messages. However, the last tweet Williams ever sent out was to wish his daughter a happy birthday just before his death. It included a link to an image on his Instagram of him and Zelda.

#tbt and Happy Birthday to Ms. Zelda Rae Williams! Quarter of a century old today but always my baby girl. Happy Birthday @zeldawilliams Love you!



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Meko Haze is an independent journalist by day... and an independent journalist by night.

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