Twitter says Trump ban is permanent, even if he runs in 2024
Former President Trump’s Twitter ban is permanent, even if he runs for president again in 2024, a top company official said Wednesday.
During an interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Twitter’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, was asked if the platform would restore Trump’s account if he ran again and was elected president.
“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” Segal said.
“Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”
“So, no?,” Squawk Box host Rebecca Quick pressed.
“He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who [was] a public official once they’ve been removed from the service,” Segal responded.
“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO or you are a former or current public official,” says $TWTR CFO @nedsegal on if President Trump’s account could be restored. pic.twitter.com/ZZxascb9Rz
— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) February 10, 2021
Trump was banned from Twitter last month following the deadly Jan. 6 riots that interrupted Congress’ certification of President Biden’s electoral college win.
Just before the ban, Trump tweeted about the election and said he would not attend Biden’s inauguration. Twitter said that in a broader context, the tweets violated the company’s “Glorification of Violence” policy.
The platform later banned @TeamTrump, Trump’s official campaign account and his digital director, Gary Coby, for violating the platform’s ban evasion policy after they tried to give the former president a chance to speak on Twitter following his removal.
Trump also attempted to tweet from the @POTUS account, but those tweets were quickly deleted. The account wasn’t banned because it is a government account and was later transferred to the Biden administration.
Trump has been banned from other social media platforms in the wake of the riots that led to five deaths, including a Capitol Police officer.
The former president was later impeached for inciting the riot, and the Senate began his impeachment trial on Tuesday. However, it is highly likely that Trump will be acquitted, as Democrats would need 17 GOP senators to vote to convict him.
Updated on Feb. 11 at 5:33 a.m.