Oops! Twitter reportedly ‘sorry’ for flagging Desmond Tutu’s account as spam

Couldn’t have happened to a nicer guy.

Retired South African archbishop Desmond Tutu’s foundation launched a Twitter account this week, only to have it suspended for “aggressive following.”

Twitter has not explained how following 30 people could be construed as “aggressive following” or whether the number of people who followed @TutuLegacy in a short space of time was to blame.

While the account is not verified by Twitter, a spokesman confirmed it had been suspended.

The account was restored after several hours.

According to the Desmond and Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation, Twitter apologized for automated systems erroneously removing the account.


Twitter has automated systems that find and remove multiple automated spam accounts in bulk. Unfortunately, it looks like your account got caught up in one of these spam groups by mistake.

I’ve restored your account; sorry for the inconvenience.

Please note that it may take an hour or so for your follower and following numbers to return to normal.



  • KnowThyEnemy

    Tutu is nothing but a communist and charlatan.

    • Ariadnea

      Must be Sharpton’s long lost twin!

  • $30423294

    Last week this Tutu person said he would rather go to hell than be Catholic since the Catholic faith recognizes only male-female marriage.

    I hope he got his twitter problem all sorted out, but he made a mess of his reputation as a man of genuine faith.

    It seems he is so busy trying to please the world (and its fickle audiences) that he has lost sight of universal truth.

    Bishop, I believe the gay-marriage lobby is adequately staffed by militant individuals who can tell me to go to hell and spread whatever other love they have to spread. They really didn’t need your help.

    I am very disappointed in the once-great Desmond Tutu.

    • Richo

      Of course that wasn’t what he said and you know it.

      • $30423294

        How dare you.

        I didn’t quote him. I paraphrased what he said. There is a difference.

        But since you raise the issue, I will gladly provide the direct quote, which I think makes him look even worse than anything I represented.

        He said: “I would refuse to go to a homophobic heaven. No, I would say sorry, I mean I would much rather go to the other place.”

        See, Richo, that “other place” is what we Christians call hell.

        And the “homophobia” he referred to was a shot at the Catholic Church.

        As one Catholic writer observed, “King Henry VIII left the Catholic Church in order to divorce and fornicate. Desmond Tutu is apparently willing to abandon theism altogether in order to support and promote homosexuality.”


        • Guest

    • Harry A

      He made comments about rather going to hell than worshipping a homophobic heaven, I’m not sure where you got an explicit Catholic connection. The forum at which he said it wasn’t even about Catholics.
      As such you can not say that Demond Tutu meant he’d rather go to hell than be a Catholic, not even using the cover of “paraphrasing” will excuse it. Its akin to someone saying “i’d rather go to hell than give up bacon” and you headlining their statements as them saying “I’d rather go to hell than be Jewish”.

      • $30423294

        Tell me, what would make him raise the hypothetical supposition that heaven was homophobic?

        You’re saying that was just random?

        It is an inexplicable supposition without some context.

        I think it is reasonable to suppose that his context was “some religions out there preach homophobia.”

        Could you give me another context in which his supposition that heaven might be homophobic makes any sense whatsoever?

        Put aside the Catholic reference for now. Just grant the fact that he is absolutely pointing the finger at some religious body that he fantasizes is homophobia which by the way is a base pop-culture term and not a psychological or theological one.

        This does not need to be so difficult. Perhaps you don’t want to admit he crossed a line of civility. He clearly did.

        • Harry A

          “put aside the catholic reference for now”, maybe you don’t comprehend what I wrote, I said nothing else about your opinion on his comment, except your catholic connection. Tutu said nothing explicit about catholics or the catholic church. So if were going to just be “putting aside” your headline that tutu would rather go to Hell then be a Catholic, then you missed my point entirely.

          To tackle the rest of what you posted; Demond Tutu did not say he thinks God could be homophobic. He said he feels so deeply about the issue that he wouldn’t worship a homophobic God, so deeply that he would rather go to hell than be with a homophobic God….BUT as Demond Tutu still calls himself a God-worshipping Anglican Christian is quite obvious that he doesn’t think God is homophobic. Any half decent scholar would be able to deduce that.

          If someone says bacon is disgusting, and I say I love your bacon, what do you get from that? Do you get that I don’t think bacon is disgusting (what Tutu meant) or do you suddenly tell everyone that I like disgusting food (what you’re trying to do).

          Why did he raise that hypothetical as an example? I don’t know, I’m not privy to the inner workings of Demond Tutu’s mind. But the man is an former Archbishop speaking at gay rights campaign function, he is clearly going to be discussing his religious view on the matter. I mean he’s not going to be discussing the economic benefits of gay rights or some other form. He is a bishop, who would present his religious view. I’m not saying his view is right or wrong, because personally I really don’t care that much, nor have i looked into it.

          • $30423294

            You began your answer with an attack against me?

            You’re ignored.

          • Harry A

            Such a shame, you should at least read it. Not only did I manage to discredit whatever point you tried in vain to make, but I also found the time to attack you another two or three times within. I would probably pretend to ignore someone if I was clearly proven wrong too. They just don’t make Catholic Scholars like they used too; from Gassendi, da Vinci and Descartes to you.

      • $30423294

        Actually I posted his most innocuous comment. Here is another one:

        ‘I would not worship a God who is homophobic and that is how deeply I feel about this.’

        He is saying GOD could be homophobic.

        His comments are even more vile that I have made them out to be.

        Each time someone chimes in to criticize my comment, I go back to Tutu’s original speech and I find worse offenses.

        You might want to stop. It gets worse for the man, the deeper we look into this.

  • TJ

    Sort of what happens when a conservative is sent to twitter gulag. Not following to many to soon but hundreds if not thousands report the feed is spam when it is not. The automated system send it to the gulag. No one at twitter is doing anything but restoring it and tagging it that so the automatic system ignores the spam flag.

  • Jeremy

    Twitter was right quite back accident it should have been considered spam from a nutcase like Tutu.