- MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was banned from Twitter in 2021 over election misinformation.
- Lindell rejoined the platform on Sunday, saying his return on a brand new Twitter account.
- The account was rapidly banned for violating Twitter’s ban evasion coverage.
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was banned from Twitter on Sunday hours after making a return to the platform.
Lindell, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, was banned from Twitter in January 2021 for spreading misinformation concerning the 2020 election.
On Sunday afternoon, he posted to a brand new account saying his return.
“Whats up everyone, I’M BACK ON TWITTER. My solely account is @MikeJLindell! Please RT and FOLLOW to SPREAD THE WORD,” Lindell mentioned in a tweet, Insider’s Bethany Biron reported.
The tweet additionally featured a video of Lindell confirming the account was in truth his.
“All these different ones are faux accounts and so they’ve been utilizing my title on the market, so we began this account,” he mentioned. “Please share with everyone you realize, let everyone you realize, so we are able to get the phrase out at Twitter in case they do take it down. Thanks quite a bit for serving to out.”
About three and a half hours later, the account was suspended.
A Twitter spokesperson advised Insider the account was completely suspended for violating the platform’s guidelines on ban evasion.
Twitter’s ban evasion policy prohibits anybody from attempting to evade a earlier ban, together with by creating a brand new account.
Lindell was initially banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s guidelines on misinformation and its civic-integrity policy, which prohibits sharing false or deceptive details about the right way to vote or election outcomes.
Lindell didn’t instantly reply to Insider’s request for remark.
His try to rejoin the platform got here after Twitter introduced on Monday Elon Musk was shopping for the platform in a $44 billion deal.
The Tesla and SpaceX billionaire has mentioned he’s fascinated about selling “free speech” on the platform, prompting hypothesis about potential modifications to Twitter’s content material moderation insurance policies and former bans.
Sources lately advised The Wall Road Journal that Musk is dismayed that Trump remains to be banned from Twitter, however the former president beforehand mentioned he doesn’t plan to return to the platform even when Musk takes over.
“I hope Elon buys Twitter as a result of he’ll make enhancements to it and he is an efficient man, however I’m going to be staying on TRUTH,” Trump advised Fox Information, referring to his personal social media platform Fact Social.