Julian Assange's Twitter account goes offline, then back

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 19 May

Julian Assange on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on 19

On Dec. 18, Twitter set new rules in place regarding the suspension of accounts stating they may remove any individual who is associated with hate groups either on or off their platform. Meanwhile, another account has come up claiming to be an alternative handle by Assange and started posting claims of censorship before it was suspended. Over the past year, Assange has tweeted out several provocative posts, including mysterious codes believed to be a "dead man's switch", a post teasing that he may run for United Kingdom parliament, and more.

Assange followed up with a promotional tweet, and a cute corgi, linking it to WikiLeak's donation page.

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is seen on the balcony of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, Britain, May 19, 2017.

The tweet was later deleted and the Navy later apologized for the mistake.

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Image screenshot wayback machine

WikiLeaks also posted a screenshot of the US Navy's since-deleted tweet which read "Julian Assange" in quotation marks. "The inadvertent tweet was sent during routine monitoring of trending topics", a second tweet read.

Assange retweeted the apology and paired it with the same Santa Cartoon he posted earlier in the morning. Several users said Assange deleted his account, but some thought the account was suspended by Twitter.

Others were hesitant to believe Assange is actually the one controlling his account upon its return, with many pointing out a decrease in followers.

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