Twitter announced Wednesday that even if former President Donald Trump ran for office again and won, his Twitter account would not be reinstated.
“When you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” Twitter CFO Ned Segal told CNBC in an interview on Wednesday morning. “Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence. He was removed when he was president and there’d be no difference for anybody who’s a public official once they’ve been removed from the service.”
Segal also defended the platform against claims its subscribers were trending downward because of its treatment of the president. According to Segal, 40 million people were added last year and 5 million last quarter.
The social media giant was the first platform to suspend Trump’s account after the Capitol Riot. Even before his account was suspended, Twitter began placing warning labels to deal with the president’s lies and falsehoods. Facebook, Instagram, Pinterest, TikTok, Youtube also banned the former president from their platforms.
The app Parler, a conservative social app that does not have any restrictions on speech, was not only going to allow the President free reign, but were in negotiations for Trump to take a piece of the platform.
However, the Google Play Store and the iPhone App Store both stopped hosting the app and it’s been down since.
House Democrats used a bevy of Trump’s tweets and video from January 6 during his impeachment trial to prove he was the ringleader of the incident.
Although the evidence against Trump is overwhelming, he is likely not to be convicted due to his grip on the Republican Party. Despite no longer being president, Trump still has sway over the party and overwhelming support inside it.
According to the New York Times, more than 33,000 registered Republicans left the party during the three weeks after the Washington riot. More than 12,000 voters left the GOP in the past month in Pennsylvania and more than 10,000 Republicans changed their registration in Arizona.