Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow, is banned from Twitter again 3 hours after returning

  • Lindell was banned from Twitter in 2021 for election misinformation, but returned to the platform on Sunday.
  • The account was quickly banned for violating Twitter’s ban evasion policy.
  • “Jack Dorsey must be first in line for prison!” Lindell told Insider via message.

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell was banned from Twitter on Sunday after returning to the platform.

Lindell, a supporter of former President Donald Trump, was banned from Twitter in January 2021 for spreading misinformation about the 2020 election.

On Sunday afternoon, he posted on a new account announcing his return.

“Hello everyone, I’M BACK ON TWITTER. My only account is @MikeJLindell! Please RT and FOLLOW to SPREAD THE WORD,” Lindell said in a tweet, reported Insider’s Bethany Biron.

The tweet also featured a video of Lindell confirming that the account was indeed his.

“All these others are fake accounts and they’re using my name around, so we started this account,” he said. “Please share it with everyone you know, leave everyone you know, so we can spread the word on Twitter if they take it down. Thank you so much for helping.”

About three and a half hours later, the account has been suspended.

A Twitter spokesperson told Insider that the account has been permanently suspended for violating the platform’s ban evasion rules.

from twitter ban evasion policy prohibits anyone from trying to escape a previous ban, including creating a new account.

Lindell was initially banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s rules on misinformation and its civic integrity policywhich prohibits the sharing of false or misleading information about voting or election results.

Lindell told Insider that Twitter didn’t give him a reason for the latest ban, but called it “shame”.

“We need to melt the ballot boxes and turn them into prison bars,” Lindell said, referring to his own efforts to stop the use of ballot boxes in US elections. “Jack Dorsey must be first in line for prison!”

Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO in November. Dorsey is still on Twitter’s board, but said he plans to leave when his term expires at the end of May.

Lindell also said he decided to go back to Twitter because others were creating fake accounts pretending to be him.

“I opened the Twitter account today to let the public know that none of Mike Lindell’s fake Twitter accounts are mine,” Lindell said, adding that he is still on his own social media platform, Frank Social.

His bid to join the platform came after Twitter announced Monday that Elon Musk was buying the platform in a $44 billion deal.

The Tesla and SpaceX billionaire said he is interested in promoting “free speech” on the platform, prompting speculation about possible changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies and previous bans.

Sources recently told The Wall Street Journal that Musk is dismayed that Trump is still banned from Twitter, but the former president has previously said he has no plans to return to the platform even if Musk takes power.

“I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’s going to make improvements to it and he’s a good man, but I’m going to stick to the TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News, referring to his own social media platform Truth Social.

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