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Trump will never be allowed back on Twitter, company says, even if he runs for office again

President Trump at the Operation Warp Speed Vaccine Summit. (Shealah Craighead/White House)
February 12, 2021

Former President Donald Trump will never be allowed back on Twitter even if he runs for office again, the social media giant’s Chief Financial Officer Ned Segal said on Wednesday.

During an interview on CNBC’s Squawk Box, Segal said the company’s policy does not include a path back onto the platform once a user has been banned.

“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 officials,” Segal said.

“Remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”

In early January, Twitter permanently suspended then-President Trump’s account due to, “the risk of further incitement of violence.”

“After close review of review of recent Tweets from [Trump’s] account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” the company announced.

The move came after hundreds of Twitter employees demanded the action in a letter to CEO Jack Dorsey, The Washington Post reported at the time.

“This determination is based on a number of factors, including:
President Trump’s statement that he will not be attending the Inauguration is being received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate,” Twitter said in a statement.

The statement continued, “The use of the words “American Patriots” to describe some of his supporters is also being interpreted as support for those committing violent acts at the US Capitol.”

In response to Trump’s announcement that he would not be attending then-President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, Biden said it was “a good thing.”

“One of the few things he and I have ever agreed on,” Biden told reporters in Delaware. “It’s a good thing, him not showing up.”

The decision to permanently ban Trump came days after a Jan. 6 protest turned violent on Capitol Hill, prompting an evacuation and lockdown in the Capitol building and leading to the deaths of four individuals.

President Trump was subsequently impeached for a second time due to allegedly inciting the violent protest.