An account pulled from Twitter for appearing to belong to former President Donald Trump’s newly launched communications platform was not created by Trump’s team, according to The Post.
Trump Tuesday launched his new website, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which will allow him to provide his thoughts in Twitter-style posts that can then be shared on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook even though he has been suspended.
The platform is aimed at serving as a place for the president to speak freely and safely, according to a statement from Team Trump. The team also said more work will be done on the platform to enable the site further to give him the ability to communicate directly with his supporters.
Meanwhile, an account that looks like the platform’s page on Twitter with the handle, @DJTDesk, was created almost immediately, though a source close to Team Trump said the account “was not created by anyone on President Trump’s team.”
Twitter suspended the account and told The Post in a statement that it stood by the decision despite the identity of the user remaining unknown and seemingly not connected to the former president.
“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 spokesperson said.
Twitter permanently banned Trump after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot… and later defended its decision as “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
The company’s continued position that it will not consider allowing him back on its platform, even if he were to return to public office, has rubbed many the wrong way, including some of Trump’s political opponents.
A spokesperson for Twitter said in March that the restriction would be lifted once it was clear there was no longer an “elevated violence risk.”
Meanwhile, Facebook, slammed an indefinite ban on the 45th president of the United States, while YouTube barred Trump from sharing videos after the riot as well.
In the three months since banning the then-president, Facebook deferred to its Oversight Board to make a final call on letting Trump return to its platforms.
On Wednesday morning, the board announced it would be upholding the ban but said an indefinite suspension of Trump’s account was inappropriate and the company has six months to specify new penalties.
Trump critizied the decision in a statement which couldn’t be shared on social media in which he said that the companies censoring him “must pay a political price.”
“What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. Free Speech has been taken away from the President of the United States because the Radical Left Lunatics are afraid of the truth, but the truth will come out anyway, bigger and stronger than ever before,” he said in an emailed statement.
“The People of our Country will not stand for it! These corrupt social media companies must pay a political price, and must never again be allowed to destroy and decimate our Electoral Process,” Trump said.