X restricts Changpeng Zhao’s account after name change removes ‘Binance’

Social media platform X — formerly Twitter — restricted the account of former Binance CEO Changpeng “CZ” Zhao without explanation other than suggesting “they may have potentially violated the X Rules.”

On Nov. 23, X users could briefly view CZ’s account only after clicking on a button to acknowledge it was “temporarily restricted.” Zhao resigned as CEO of crypto exchange Binance on Nov. 21 as part of a settlement with U.S. authorities in which he pleaded guilty to one felony charge.

According to a Nov. 23 update from Zhao following the event, the former Binance CEO speculated that the restriction was an automated response to him changing his profile name from “CZ…

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