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San Francisco Twitter account that documents homelessness was locked over profile image

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A Twitter user was locked out for having a photo of the homeless sleeping as his profile picture. Twitter claimed that the photo was in violation of its rules.

The user, who goes by Citizenj17 on Twitter, documents homelessness in the Tenderloin District in the city of San Francisco. “Here to show you the real unclean, unsafe streets,” his Twitter bio reads.

Twitter locked him out of his account, and notified him that the image “violated rules against graphic violence or adult content in profile images.” He was only allowed back after he removed the image.

Sharing a screenshot of the notification, and the profile image, Citizenj17 wrote:

“Twitter police found that the picture below on my profile was offensive. Yet @LondonBreed @MattHaneySF have no qualms about children and people seeing this and worse everyday in the Tenderloin.”

London Breed is San Francisco’s mayor, and Matt Haney is a member of San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors.

Once a Twitter account is locked, the owner has to delete whatever content led to the suspension. For the duration the account is locked, the owner can only view tweets; they can’t tweet, retweet, comment, or like.

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