Twitter stated Wednesday that the social media platform is going to stick to Trump’s permanent ban even if he runs for public office again. While talking to a local news channel, Ned Segal said that the company intends to keep the ban even if he regains the White House in the future.
He added, “The way our policies work when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform.” Segal said that it does not matter who the person is, but the company’s policies are in place to ensure that no individual incites violence, adding that Twitter’s rules don’t allow for reversing a permanent ban.
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The development comes as the Trump impeachment trial has begun in the upper house of the US Congress, where the Democratic lawmakers made the case against the former president. Trump is accused of inciting violence hours before the US Capitol riots unfolded on January 6. Moments before the pro-Trump supporters forced their way into the Congress, the former president addressed his supporters in Washington, urging them to march towards the Capitol.
Last year, when Trump was impeached for the first time, he took to Twitter several times, refusing to appear at the trial in his defense. However, this time, the situation is different as the impeachment trial is progressing without such heckling by a President. Only if the US Senate convicts Trump, he could be banned from assuming public office ever again.
But experts suggest that it is unlikely to happen, arguing that Democrats don’t have the needed votes to impeach the former president. Twitter banned Trump following the extraordinary chaos that unfolded in the US Capitol, citing the risk of further incitement of violence from his Twitter handle. Post-election, Trump used his account to spread unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud and refused to concede to Biden’s victory in the Presidential elections.