A Twitter account suspended by the social media giant Wednesday after it appeared to belong to former President Donald Trump's new website reportedly was not created by Trump's team.
On Tuesday, Trump launched the "From the Desk of Donald J. Trump" website, which allows him to share his thoughts in Twitter-style posts. The remarks then can be shared via social media sites that have banned the former president.
Team Trump said the website is meant to be "a place to speak freely and safely."
A @DJTDesk account quickly appeared on Twitter. It seemed to belong to Trump's new platform, and the account was suspended by Wednesday evening.
However, the New York Post reported the Twitter account was not created by Trump's staff.
Twitter stood by its decision to suspend the account despite the identity of the user remaining completely unknown, the Post said.
"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 told the Post.
Twitter permanently banned Trump from its platform following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The social media platform defended its decision as "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."
Facebook and Google-owned YouTube also banned the former president from their platforms following the Capitol assault.
On Wednesday, Facebook’s Oversight Board upheld the ban of the former president but added that an indefinite suspension of Trump’s account was inappropriate and gave the company six months to lay out new penalties.
Trump slammed the decision in a statement, saying companies censoring him "must pay a political price." The statement was unable to be shared on social media.
"What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country," Trump said in an emailed statement. "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."
A Facebook representative said in March the restriction would be lifted once it was clear there was no longer an "elevated violence risk."
The company deferred to its Oversight Board to make a final decision on letting Trump return to its platforms.
Trump’s team is working to give the former president the ability to communicate directly with his followers.
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