According to The New York Post, an account taken down from Twitter for claiming to belong to Donald Trump’s newly launched messaging site was not developed by the former president’s team.
Shortly after the former president introduced his own social site, “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump,” which the president will use to make comments in the Twitter-like format, the new Twitter account named @DJTDesk or “The Desk of Donald Trump,” appeared on the platform and republished Trump’s statements.
“Posts copied from Save America on behalf of the 45th POTUS; Originally composed via DonaldJTrump.com/Desk. This account distributes the forum onto Twitter,” according to a screenshot posted on the website, the account’s bio stated.
Other screenshots show that the account tweeted messages similar to those on Trump’s site and had the same profile picture and banner.
Twitter had suspended @DTJDesk by Wednesday evening, May 5, although it was not proven to belong to Trump, and the creator’s identity was unknown.
“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,” the New York Post cited a Twitter spokesperson saying.
Following the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, the platform permanently barred then-President Trump’s account.
Twitter justified its suspension at the time by claiming that it was “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
According to Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal, Trump’s ban on Twitter is permanent, and he will not be allowed to return to the platform even if he runs for office again. Last month, Twitter announced that the National Archives and Records Administration would not be allowed to hold the former president’s tweets on the site.
Meanwhile, Facebook also imposed an indefinite ban on the president. On Wednesday, May 5, Facebook again decided to uphold its suspension of Trump from the platform.
In his response, the former president lashed out at Big Tech firms as “a total disgrace and an embarrassment” to the United States.
Facebook’s Oversight Board, a body chosen to weigh in on content moderation decisions at the social media site, announced that it would maintain the social media platform’s ban on Trump, which was enacted on Jan. 7.
Lawmakers from both parties have expressed concerns about the influence of Facebook and other social networking platforms, with many pushing for new rules and some calling for major tech breakups.
“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,” Trump said in a statement through his new communications platform “From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.”