Twitter suspends account sharing ex-president’s posts

Twitter has suspended an account sharing posts from former US president Donald Trump’s new communication platform.

The account claimed to be tweeting “on behalf” of Trump.

A spokesperson for the company said the account, @DJTDesk, violated the ban evasion policy by sharing content “affiliated with a suspended account”.

However, similar accounts are still active on the social media platform.

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter  in January after he voiced support for rioters who stormed the US Capitol.

He launched his own communications platform – titled “From the Desk of Donald J Trump” – on Tuesday.

The bio for the @DJTDesk account read: “Posts copied from Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS; Originally composed via DonaldJTrump/Desk”.

Twitter says that although it does aloe to share content from Trump’s new website, it won’t allow an individual to “circumvent” a ban.

Those “evasion” rules can include “having someone else operate on your behalf, an account which represents your identity, persona, brand or business persona for a different purpose.”

Trump’s new communication platform, The Desk of Donald J Trump, will host statements and press releases from the former president.

Trump’s new platform was announced the day before Facebook’s independent Oversight Board rule in flavour of the social media company’s decision to suspend him – but also ruled Facebook should reconsider the length of the suspension within six months.

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