Activism: Twitter shuts down accounts for attempting to evade Trump ban

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Twitter Inc suspended several accounts this week that were set up to share statements from a new part of President Donald Trump’s website, saying they broke its rules against evading an account ban.

President Trump was banned from Twitter, where he had more than 88 million followers, and multiple other social media platforms following the protest at the US Capitol by his supporters.

On Tuesday, a page was added to Trump’s site, dubbed “From the Desk of Donald J Trump,” where he posts messages that can be shared by his audience to both Twitter and Facebook.

“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,” a Twitter spokesman said in a statement.

A Trump representative said they had nothing to do with the suspended accounts, which included @DJTDesk, @DJTrumpDesk, @DeskofDJT and @DeskOfTrump1.

Twitter, which has said that its ban on Mr Trump is permanent even if he runs for office again, has said users can share content from the Trump page as long as it does not fall foul of its ban evasion rules.

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On Wednesday, Facebook’s oversight board upheld Facebook’s suspension of Donald J Trump but said the company should not have made it indefinite. The board gave Facebook six months to decide a proportionate response.

The former President plans to launch his own social media platform, an adviser has said.

The team at Platform Executive hope you have enjoyed this news article. Automatic translation from English to a growing list of languages via Google AI Cloud Translation. Initial reporting via our official content partners at Thomson Reuters. Reporting by Elizabeth Culliford. Editing by Daniel Wallis.

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