In the latest twist revolving around the controversial MyPillow CEO, Twitter has opted to ban Mike Lindell‘s account on the social media platform.
Rather than a temporary reprimand, Twitter confirmed that they permanently banned Lindell’s account, according to NBC News spokesperson Kurt Chirbas. A spokesperson said, “This account was suspended for repeated violations of our civic integrity policy.”
Twitter Bans Several Users
Twitter outlined its civic integrity policy and its resulting punishment. For instance, two strikes result in a 12-hour lock from one’s account. But if an account has five or more strikes, the company will issue a permanent ban. In January, Twitter announced it would target accounts supporting that fraud was involved in the national election. At the time, they wrote, “You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes.”
Lindell has been a strong supporter of former President Donald Trump and his presidency. The MyPillow CEO used his Twitter, spreading his belief that the election was fraudulent. He also reportedly supported Trump using martial law in a bid to stall Joe Biden from the presidency. Reportedly, he also tweeted that the leftist extremist group Antifa called for the U.S. Capitol riot.
In the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, social media groups have tightened their grips on many accounts. Twitter, Facebook, and several others permanently banned Trump for inciting violence. Amazon also pulled its support for the social media account Parler after it failed to censor messages “inciting violence.”
Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey has also worried that social media organizations are setting a dangerous precedent in regards to free speech. He told NPR, “This moment in time might call for this dynamic. But over the long term, it will be destructive to the noble purpose and ideals of the open internet. A company making a business decision to moderate itself is different from a government removing access, yet can feel much the same.”
Mike Lindell in Hot Water
Now Lindell finds himself in potential legal trouble. Voting machine companies Smartmatic and Dominion Voting Systems have threatened legal action. Lindell has accused both of being involved in massive fraud. Lindell even claims to have evidence backing up his claim.
Besides potential legal trouble, several stores have dropped his products in protest. Stores include Khol’s, Macy’s, and Bed, Bath and Beyond. Users have also review-bombed the products on Amazon. The Twitter ban is just the latest development in Lindell’s ongoing story.