Twitter Inc this week suspended several accounts that were set up to share a statement on a new part of the former US President Donald Trump’s website, saying they violated regulations to avoid account bans.
On January 6, after his supporters fatally besieged the U.S. Capitol, Trump was banned from having more than 88 million followers on Twitter and multiple other social media platforms.
On Tuesday, a page called “Donald J. Trump’s Table” was added to Trump’s website, where he posted a message that his audience could share to 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 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.
On Wednesday, Facebook Inc.’s oversight committee maintained Facebook’s suspension of Trump, but said the company should not establish Trump indefinitely. The board of directors gave Facebook six months to determine the appropriate response.
An adviser said that Trump plans to launch his own social media platform.