Twitter has suspended an account created to share posts from a website recently launched by former President Donald Trump. The new handle is an attempt to bypass the blocking of his personal account. This is the latest move by a large social media company curtailing Trump’s ability to get its message across.
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The new website “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump” went live on Tuesday, as did the associated Twitter handle @DJTDesk.
The account was blocked late Wednesday evening.
A Twitter spokesperson told Forbes, “As stated in our Prohibition Avoidance Policy, we will take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content associated with a suspended account.”
But Trump’s team denies ownership of the account. A spokesman from his office told Forbes, “We did not create the account that was closed.”
Two days after the January 6th deadly mayhem in the Capitol, in which five people were killed, including a DC police officer, Twitter announced the permanent suspension of Trump’s personal account “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.” The company said they found that Trump violated their guidelines on glorifying violence. YouTube and Facebook banned the president immediately after the riots. On Wednesday, Facebook regulators confirmed the company’s decision to ban Trump. However, it was decided that it was not “appropriate” to impose an indefinite ban. Facebook has six months to either restore the account or make its suspension permanent. Trump struck quickly. “What Facebook, Twitter and Google have done is a total shame and embarrassment for our country,” he said in a statement. The former president also stated that social media companies “should pay a political price” in trying to “destroy and decimate our electoral process”. In a video announcing his new website Tuesday, Trump said his new platform would serve as “a place to speak freely and safely”.
According to Fox News, Twitter temporarily banned the account of Karoline Leavitt, communications director for Rep. Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.), late Wednesday before it was restored on Thursday morning. “The only reason I can believe Twitter would have suspended me is because last night I followed several Republican members of Congress and GOP activists at the same time and my account was suspended within minutes,” Leavitt told Fox. The account was “mistakenly” blocked, a Twitter spokesman told Fox.
“Free speech has been taken from the President of the United States because radical left-wing madmen are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever,” Trump said in a statement on Wednesday.
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