Twitter Accounts Sharing Donald Trump Releases Suspended Over 'Ban Evasion Policy'

Twitter has banned a handful of accounts sharing press releases from former President Donald Trump's office under the terms of its "ban evasion policy."

Several accounts sharing press releases put out by Trump were suspended as of Thursday morning. One of the accounts, Trump Press Release, shared posts critical of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), Sen. Mitt Romney (D-UT) and social media firms.

The posts appeared to be copied from Trump's newly-launched blog platform—From the Desk of Donald J. Trump.

"What Facebook, Twitter, and Google have done is a total disgrace and an embarrassment to our Country. 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," one of the Trump Press Release tweets read, sharing comments Trump released following a decision that his Facebook ban would be upheld.

The account has now been suspended along with at least two others—DeskofDonTrump and DJTDesk—following complaints from other Twitter users who flagged the profiles as potential breaches of the platform's terms of service.

In a statement, a Twitter spokesperson told Newsweek: "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."

Twitter's ban evasion states that the social media giant has the power to suspend other accounts it suspects are held by a user who has been permanently banned for violating the terms of use.

"You can't circumvent a Twitter suspension, enforcement action, or anti-spam challenge," the rules read. "This includes any behavior intended to evade any Twitter remediation, such as creating a new account or repurposing an already-existing account."

Former President Trump's Twitter account was banned in early January in the wake of violence at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and posts he made surrounding that day.

In a blog post at the time, Twitter said it was banning Trump to prevent the risk of "further incitement of violence."

Releasing a statement to Newsweek in January, the social media firm said it would ban any accounts it believed were being used by the ex-president to circumvent his ban. Who was behind the suspended accounts mentioned is unknown.

Trump used the first day of his new blog to lambast his GOP critics and bore resemblance to the Twitterstorms that were a key feature of his presidency. One post targeted Sen. Mitch McConnell, the Republican minority leader, calling him "gutless and clueless."

Newsweek has contacted the office of former President Trump for comment.

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A phone screen displays the statement of former US President Donald Trump on his Facebook page background, on May 5, 2021. Twitter accounts have shared these releases on the platform where Trump is banned. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images