Several online news outlets reported on the disappearance of the account of the WikiLeaks founder, which reappeared after more than 12 hours of being unavailable.
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange's Twitter account simply disappeared from the social media platform on Christmas Eve.
Then at 1.5am (AEDT), he popped up again with a tweet showing a cartoon of Santa making a Wikileaks "good or bad" list.
It's been a unusual Christmas for media outlets who have been following Assange's social media posts, as his official Twitter account suddenly went off the air late Sunday night, on December 24, according to The Daily Beast.
Social media users also raised concerns about Assange's safety as his account went offline just days after an alleged robbery at the Madrid office of WikiLeaks lawyer Baltasar Garzon.
"The inadvertent tweet was briefly posted for a few seconds before it was quickly deleted by the same authorized user".
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It accused Twitter of deleting Assange's account to silence him ahead of a major story.
Twitter users searching for his account, had gotten a notice that the "page doesn't exist". Meanwhile, another account has come up claiming to be an alternative handle by Assange and started posting claims of censorship before it was suspended.
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And while the internet was rife with conspiracy theories about Twitter disabling the account, it initially appeared that the account was disabled externally between midnight and 1 a.m. GMT, according to Gizmodo.
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