Twitter on Thursday took swift action to suspend several accounts that routinely shared posts from Trump’s new blog on his old favorite social media platform. The largest account was called @DJTDesk, but many others with similar names were also suspended.
All accounts were explicitly devoted to copying and sharing posts from “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” the ex-president’s new social media deputy.
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Trump has been banned from Twitter since cheering on rioters on the U.S. Capitol last January, and Twitter has treated the new accounts as attempts to circumvent that ban.
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“As stated in our bans circumvention policy, we will take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intention is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account,” a Twitter spokesperson said in a statement. to various media, including NBC News.
The @DJTDesk account had garnered a few thousand subscribers before it was banned, and it’s unclear who was behind it. The account’s bio section featured it as a place dedicated to sharing messages “copied from Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS; Originally composed via DonaldJTrump / Desk. “
Trump adviser Jason Miller told NBC News on Thursday that @DJTDesk was not created by or managed with permission from anyone affiliated with the former president.
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The accounts shared posts from Trump’s Twitter-style blog, which he launched on his website on Wednesday. Trump’s blog includes a months-long thread of his political endorsements, attacks, complaints and misrepresentation about the election he lost to US President Joe Biden.
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The reviews were fast at report Twitter accounts on Wednesday, with many calling on the social media giant to keep Trump’s rhetoric off the site. Others lamented that Trump’s freedom of speech was being silenced.
The former president was banned from most major social media platforms for promoting violence during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6. This attack erupted after Trump stoked a crowd with baseless allegations of systemic electoral fraud and then urged them to march on Capitol where Biden’s electoral victory was certified.
The crowd delayed the vote but failed to overturn the Democratic result in a riot that left five dead.
Twitter and Facebook kicked Trump off their platforms later in the day after telling rioters he “liked” them in a social media post. Twitter has maintained its ban on Trump ever since, while Facebook’s supervisory board ruled on Wednesday that it should remain banned from the company’s platforms for at least six months.
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Trump responded to the move with a lengthy rant against Facebook on his blog, which doesn’t have the same character limits as Twitter.
“Free speech has been taken away from the President of the United States,” Trump wrote in part of his blog.
Biden did not address the Facebook decision on any of its social media platforms. However, his spokesperson rejected claims that Trump was denied his First Amendment rights.
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“The main platforms have a responsibility … to stop amplifying unreliable content, disinformation and disinformation, in particular related to COVID-19, vaccinations and elections,” the press secretary said on Wednesday. from the White House, Jen Psaki.
Trump continued to claim without merit that he was deprived of a second term due to systemic electoral fraud.
His lawyers lost more than 60 court cases after the election without succeeding in proving any of his allegations of systemic fraud.
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