Twitter has permanently banned MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell’s account after his continued support for Donald Trump.
Twitter decided to ban Lindell, who founded bedding company MyPillow, because of “repeated violations” of its civic integrity policy, a spokesperson said in a statement. The policy was implemented last September and is aimed at fighting disinformation. It was not immediately clear which posts by Lindell on Twitter triggered the suspension of his account. Lindell, a Trump supporter, has continued to insist that the presidential election was rigged even after President Joe Biden’s administration has begun. Lindell is also facing potential litigation from Dominion Voting Systems for claiming that their voting machines played a role in alleged election fraud. He had also urged Trump to declare martial law in Minnesota to obtain its ballots and overturn the election.
Twitter has been under fire from both sides of the aisle due to its controversial policy changes regarding situations around the country. One of these policies covers the spread of “misinformation,” which is where Mike Lindell found himself in hot water over his claims that Donald J. Trump won the 2020 presidential election. Twitter has been on a hot streak the past 3 weeks especially, banning President Trump, Mike Lindell, Dan Bongino, multiple republican lawmakers, and many conservative activists. Twitter has banned more than 70,000 accounts in January.
Lindell has been very active in his criticisms of the 2020 presidential election and the processes that took place within it while continuously asserting that, had the votes been legal, Donald Trump should have won. Twitter banning accounts has become commonplace due to new policies put into place by twitter, stating “people who repeatedly share election misinformation can be permanently banned”. These new policies have begun a scrutiny of what election misinformation actually means.
Such actions by the platform, however, cannot be regulated, as Twitter is a private corporation and thus is allowed to make and regulate its own rules.
ARTICLE: LUKE MOCHERMAN
POLITICS EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
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