Twitter has suspended an account replicating posts from former President Donald Trump’s new blog, saying it violated the company’s rules against ban evasion.
Why it’s a big deal: The incident shows that even after Trump’s suspension, Twitter is still having to make calls about his postings in other ways.
Fake Trump gets the boot: The account profile for @DJTDesk — an abbreviation for the former president’s new “From The Desk of Donald J. Trump” web page — was taken down after tweeting posts identical to his messages on the blog, according to screenshots tweeted by NBC News and other users. The account featured branding identical to Trump’s website, including the same profile picture and banner, according to the images.
Twitter and other social media platforms largely prohibit users from trying to circumvent bans by setting up alternative accounts for suspended individuals.
“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,” Twitter said in a statement Thursday regarding the account.
It was not immediately clear if the account was officially linked to the former president’s team or his Save America coalition, which funds the blog. Twitter declined comment on the matter.
How we got here: Trump unveiled a new blog Tuesday that provided links for users to share his latest statements directly on Twitter, where he’s permanently banned, and Facebook, where he’s indefinitely suspended.
A Twitter spokesperson told POLITICO earlier this week that while users are generally permitted to share posts from Trump’s site onto its platform, they could still face enforcement action from the company if the posts break any of Twitter’s rules.
And accounts could face restrictions if they try to imitate Trump’s banned account and their sole intent is to replace a suspended account, the spokesperson said.
Not their first go-around: After Trump’s prolific personal Twitter account @realDonaldTrump was permanently suspended by Twitter on Jan. 8, his aides sought to circumvent the ban by posting messages identical to his tweets on his campaign account and the official White House account. Twitter responded by permanently suspending the Trump campaign account and removing the White House tweets.