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Donald Trump tries (and fails) to bypass Twitter ban

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In the deleted tweets, Trump complained about the treatment he receives, and claimed he was negotiating with “various other sites” while considering setting up his own platform “in the near future”. The accounts also proclaimed “We will not be QUIET!” before they close. How having its own platform would align with its stated goal of repealing Section 230 (the law that would protect its platform from being held directly accountable for what people post on it) is unclear.

So far, the president has not attempted to release a statement through the White House website or call a press conference. According to reports, the Trump campaign has not emailed subscribers for over 48 hours – a rare occurrence. A member of the Trump administration emailed the text of the tweet to White House Pool reporter Hans Nichols after seeing the tweets on the @POTUS account.

Twitter spokesperson: “As we said, using another account to try to avoid a suspension is against our rules. We’ve taken steps to enforce this with respect to recent Tweets from the @POTUS account. For government accounts, such as @POTUS and @WhiteHouse, we will not permanently suspend these accounts, but will take steps to limit their use.


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