In the latest move by a major social media company limiting Trump’s ability to spread his message, Twitter has suspended an account created to share posts from a website recently launched by former President Donald Trump, claiming the new handle is an attempt to bypass the suspension of his personal account.
According to a Twitter spokesperson: “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.”
Twitter announced the permanent suspension of Trump’s personal account two days after the deadly chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6, which claimed the lives of five people, including a D.C. police officer. The company stated that Trump had violated their Glorification of Violence Policy. In the immediate aftermath of the riots, YouTube and Facebook also banned the president. Facebook’s oversight board upheld the company’s decision to ban Trump on Wednesday.
However, it ruled that an indefinite ban was not “appropriate,” and that Facebook has six months to either restore the account or make his suspension permanent. Trump reacted angrily. In a statement, he said, “What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our country.” Former President Barack Obama also stated that social media companies should “pay a political price” for attempting to “destroy and decimate our Electoral Process.” Trump said in a video announcing his new website on Tuesday that it would be “a place to speak freely and safely.”
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According to Fox News, Twitter temporarily suspended Karoline Leavitt’s account, the communications director for Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY), late Wednesday before reinstating it Thursday morning. “The only reason I can think Twitter would have suspended me is because I followed several Republican members of Congress and GOP activists all at once last night, and my account was suspended within minutes,” Leavitt told Fox. A Twitter spokesperson told Fox that the account was suspended “in error.”
“Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” Trump said in a statement Wednesday.