Country-"Withheld" Twitter Accounts — BuzzFeed News
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This spreadsheet contains information about Twitter accounts that BuzzFeed News has observed to have been "withheld" in one or more countries. Not all accounts are currently withheld — some have since been un-withheld, removed entirely, or suspended for violating Twitter's "media rules." For important details and context, please see the following links:

- This Jan. 24, 2018 BuzzFeed News article: https://www.buzzfeed.com/craigsilverman/country-withheld-twitter-accounts

- This GitHub repository, containing additional data and analysis: https://github.com/BuzzFeedNews/2018-01-twitter-withheld-accounts

We encourage readers to send us examples of users we may have missed. To submit an example, fill out this short form: https://goo.gl/BfUe5X

Questions, comments, or other tips? Contact jeremy.singer-vine@buzzfeed.com.
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Column Definitions
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Column nameDescription
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user_id_numfix (hidden)This is a copy of the user_id field, but prefixed with an ' so that it is not converted into scientific notation by spreadsheet programs.
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user_idThis is the account's Twitter-assigned identification number.
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screen_nameThis is the account's screen name, e.g., @screenname.
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bioThis is the most recent profile bio that BuzzFeed News observed for this account.
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withheld_categoryThis the account's most recent status, with regards to withholding, as categorized by BuzzFeed News in its most recent data collection. See below for possible values.
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withheld_in_countriesThis is a +-separated list of two-letter abbreviations corresponding to the countries in which BuzzFeed News observed this account being withheld in its most recent data collection.
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withheld_everThis is a list similar to withheld_in_countries, except for every country in which BuzzFeed News has observed this account being withheld at any point.
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followers_countThis is the number of followers that this account had at the time of the most recent data collection.
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following_countThis is the number of accounts this account followed at the time of the most recent data collection.
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signup_dateThis is the date on which the account was created.
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first_observedThis is the date on which BuzzFeed News first observed this account being withheld. See above for important caveats about this date.
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Category Definitions
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Category NameDescription
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withheldAs of the most recent data collection, this account was still withheld in at least one country.
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not_withheldAs of the most recent data collection, this account was no longer being withheld in any country.
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media_violationThis account was previously withheld in one or more countries but, as of the most recent data collection, was "temporarily unavailable" globally for violating Twitter's Media Policy.
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inactiveThis account was previously withheld in one or more countries but, as of the most recent data collection, was no longer accessible on Twitter — because, for example, the account has been suspended or the account's creator has deleted it.
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