Twitter CFO Ned Segal Confirms Donald Trump Cannot Return to Platform

A Twitter executive has said that Donald Trump would not be allowed to return to the platform even if he were re-elected as president.

Chief financial officer (CFO) Ned Segal told CNBC's Squawk Box on Wednesday that the former president's permanent suspension could not be overturned.

Asked about a theoretical return to the platform, he said: "So the way our policies work, when you are removed from the platform you are removed from the platform, whether you are a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official.

"So remember, our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back.

"He was removed when he was president and there would be no difference for anybody who was a public official, once they had been removed from the service."

"The way our policies work, when you're removed from the platform, you're removed from the platform whether you're a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official," says $TWTR CFO @nedsegal on if President Trump's account could be restored.

— Squawk Box (@SquawkCNBC) February 10, 2021

Trump's account was permanently suspended on January 8 "due to the risk of further incitement of violence" in the wake of the Capitol building riot on January 6.

The social network said in a statement at the time: "Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.

"However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement."

Speaking to CNBC on Wednesday, Segal indicated that Trump's account ban did not have a major impact on the growth of the platform last month.

He said: "In January, we added more DAU [daily active users] than the average of the last 4 Januaries. So hopefully that gives people a sense for the momentum." He said Twitter expects DAU figures to grow by "about 20 percent" for the March quarter.

Segal was also asked about the emergence of Clubhouse, an audio-only app that recently hosted billionaire tech CEOs Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg, and how Twitter will compete with its own version of the concept—currently called "Spaces."

He told CNBC's Squawk Box: "We see something like this, audio spaces where people can be part of a live conversation or they can observe one as another way to serve the public conversation. It's been fun to watch others try this as well.

"We have got something in early beta... it's called Spaces. We will continue to work on this over time and hopefully it's something we can roll out more broadly as well."

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump speaks to reporters on the South Lawn of the White House before boarding Marine One on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Twitter's CFO has said the president will not be allowed back on the platform. Drew Angerer/Getty Images