Former President Donald Trump's Twitter ban will remain in place even if he runs for office again, said Twitter's CFO Ned Segal confirms the ban will remain permanent, amid fears that Trump's return at any point could lead to further violence.
"The way our policies work, if you are removed from the platform, you will be removed from the platform whether you are a commentator, a CFO or a former or current official," Segal said in an interview with CNBC. "Remember, our guidelines are to ensure that people do not cause violence. If someone does, we must remove them from service, and our guidelines do not allow people to return."
Twitter banned Trump from the platform in the days following the storming of the United States Capitol after the former president urged supporters to disrupt the election certificate of President Joe Biden's election victory. Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the violence that followed.
"After carefully examining the latest tweets from the @ realDonaldTrump account and the context around them – especially how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently banned the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence," announced Twitter on in a blog post at the time.
"In connection with terrible events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter rules would potentially lead to exactly this course of action," the company added. "Our Framework of public interest exists to allow the public to hear directly from elected officials and world leaders. It is based on the principle that the people have the right to openly hold power to account. "
Segal's testimony comes just a day after Trump began impeachment for inciting an uprising against Congress.
You can see Segal's interview below.
"The way our policies work, if you are removed from the platform, you will be removed from the platform whether you are a commentator, a CFO, or a former or current official," says $ TWTR CFO @nedsegal on whether President Trump's account could be restored. pic.twitter.com/ZZxascb9Rz
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