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Sportswriter gets Twitter account back after flap over posting Olympics GIF

The social network restores the account of a sports writer suspended for posting a GIF of US gymnast Aly Raisman.

A sportswriter is thanking the Twitterverse on Thursday after the social network reinstated his suspended account for posting an Olympics GIF.

Twitter has reinstated the account of a sportswriter suspended for posting a GIF of a US Olympic gymnast.

Twitter has reinstated the account of a sportswriter suspended for posting a GIF of a US Olympic gymnast.

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Jim Weber, a contributor for Athlon Sports, posted information Wednesday on LinkedIn about how he was "permanently banned" from Twitter after posting a GIF two weeks ago of US gymnast Aly Raisman's floor routine.

Apparently, Weber, who has more than 98,000 Twitter followers, thought he was immune from the International Olympic Committee's rules banning the use of GIFs and short videos during the Rio Games.

Weber said he received an email from Twitter on Saturday notifying him that it was taking down the tweet. Then he got a letter from the IOC warning him that it "reserves all its rights to take whatever action...it deems appropriate."

Twitter later told him he was temporarily suspended from the social network, and still later said he was permanently banned. After the LinkedIn post, many people took to Twitter to express their displeasure with Twitter's actions, and by Thursday morning Weber tweeted that his account had been restored.

He later raised a toast (via Twitter) to his supporters: