Twitter blocks Mexican billionaire, citing abusive behavior

Twitter (TWTR.N) announced on Wednesday that it has blocked Ricardo Salinas Pliego’s account due to abusive behaviour.

The social media giant did not say why Salinas was blocked, but it did say that an account “may not engage in harassing circumstances directed at one individual or inspire others to do so” in its help centre.

“Any attempt to harass, intimidate, or silence another person’s voice is considered abusive behaviour,” it continued.

Last week, Salinas, the owner of Banco Azteca SA (ELEKTRA.MX), got into a squabble with Mexican journalist Denise Dresser over comments she made on Twitter about her appearance, which the social media firm claimed were against its rules.

Salinas’ spokesman declined to respond. Salinas stated on Telegram that he will utilise his Telegram, Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok accounts until the “problem” with Twitter is resolved.

With a net worth of $13.5 billion, the millionaire and his family are ranked 153 on Forbes’ list of billionaires. He had stated that he was exploring purchasing Citigroup’s consumer banking unit in Mexico, known as Citibanamex, earlier this month.