Dave Portnoy briefly suspended from Twitter

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Twitter briefly suspended Barstool Sports founder Dave Portnoy on Friday night.

Portnoy, who has 2.5 million followers on Twitter, tweeted, “I’m back,” at around 9:10 p.m. EST, marking the end of his banishment that lasted less than two hours.

During the suspension, hashtags such as #FreeDavePortnoy and #freeportnoy began trending as many of his fans expressed their dismay and confusion about why his profile was down with an “Account Suspended” message.

“The will of the people will be heard. #freeportnoy,” the 44-year-old Barstool Sports founder told Fox News before his reinstatement.

When asked by the network what happened after he was back on Twitter, Portnoy said, “I don’t know.”

Twitter often suspends accounts when users make threats of violence or harassment against other users on the platform, among other terms of use the company enforces on user content.

Popular right-wing Twitter commentator Ian Miles Cheong posted on Friday that Portnoy’s suspension came after a comment he made on someone’s post earlier in the day.

“Let me drop my nuts on your head,” Portnoy wrote, which may have been construed as a threat.

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