Twitter’s chief financial officer Ned Segal said that former President Trump is beyond online redemption in the eyes of Twitter, clarifying that Trump’s ban is permanent and will not be permitted back on the one-sided social media platform, even if he decides to make a comeback to run for office again in 2024 and wins.
Segal made the comments in a CNBC interview with Squawk Box host Rebecca Quick Wednesday morning. He explained that regardless of what the future has in store for the former president, his faith on the platform is pretty much signed, sealed, and banned for no return.
The Twitter CFO claims that Twitter rules apply to everyone equally and that a permanent suspension means the account will never be restored.
“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform,” Segal said when the CNBC host asked if Trump does mull a 2024 presidential campaign would Twitter reverse its course. “Whether you’re a commentator, you’re a CFO, or you are a former or current public official. Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that, we would have to remove them from the service and our policies don’t allow people to come back.”
“So, no?” Quick replied.
“He was removed when he was president, and there’d be no difference for anybody who was a public official once they’ve been removed from the service,” Segal said.
Twitter took the unprecedented step of banning Trump last month shortly after the Jan 6 attack of the U.S. Capitol, saying it was permanently suspending Trump “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” By the time of the crackdown, Twitter temporarily locked Trump’s account for 12 hours over a series of tweets that claimed it contributes to an elevated risk of violence. Twitter’s decision to ban Trump came amid a flurry of other tech company enforcement actions against his accounts, including Facebook’s decision to prohibit Trump from posting “indefinitely” and YouTube’s decision to begin issuing strikes to Trump’s video channel.
At the time of the ban, Trump’s account had almost 89 million followers. Trump tried to get a statement out on Twitter once by using the @POTUS account to tweet it out. However, those tweets were deleted within minutes by the big-tech company.
CEO Jack Dorsey said last month that Twitter made the right decision in suspending Trump but worried about the precedent it set.
Trump has been indefinitely suspended on YouTube just recently, as well as on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has handed off responsibility about whether to restore Trump’s access to his accounts to the company’s Oversight Board.