All in all, Yankovic’s assertation that Radcliffe was kicked off Twitter would seem to be correct, but the deception becomes clear once you start digging in the weeds. The account referenced by Yankovic, @danielradcliffe, has been inactive or suspended since at least 2011, according to data from the Internet Archive.


Another clue comes from Radcliffe himself. The actor has stated publicly many times that he doesn’t use social media. In 2019, he told Wired that he would probably be the kind of person who gets into fights on social media, and therefore stayed away from the platforms.

“I just know that if I were on Twitter I would be the kind of person that gets into fights,” Radcliffe said in a Wired Autocomplete Interview. “If you are talking to someone on social media who is claiming to be me, feel free to go and give them shit.”


The actor reiterated his reasoning for staying off social media in 2020 while on the Hot Ones YouTube show.

“I would love to say there’s some sort of intellectual, well-thought-out reason for this, because I considered getting a Twitter, and I 100% know that if I did, you all would be waking up to stories of like, ‘Dan Radcliffe gets into fight with random person on Twitter,’” he said.


The only truth to be had here, it seems, is probably  that Yankovic was making a joke based on all of the drama over the Twitter suspensions yesterday. We have to hand it to him, LOL.

Gizmodo reached out to Twitter for comment on fake Radcliffe account that is currently suspended but did not receive a response, which is understandable since Musk gutted the company’s communications department during layoffs. As noted by The Independent, this is likely a story about an impersonator who took the handle @DanielRadcliffe years ago and got suspended or lost interest.