Mike Lindell, the CEO of MyPillow, returned to Twitter on Sunday, more than a year after being banned for spreading election misinformation, only to be suspended again just four hours later.
Lindell was kicked off Twitter in late January 2021 for spreading false information about the 2020 presidential election results.
Those tweets, according to the social media company, violated its civic integrity policy, which was implemented in September 2020 to combat disinformation online.
Lindell created a new account on Sunday afternoon in response to news that Tesla CEO Elon Musk was taking control of the company, writing: ‘Hello everybody, I’M BACK ON TWITTER.’
‘My only account is @MikeJLindell!’ he tweeted at 1:25pm. ‘Please RT and FOLLOW to SPREAD THE WORD.’
He also said in the tweet, which included a video of him apparently on a private jet, ‘Hello everyone on Twitter, this is Mike Lindell. I’m here to tell you about my new account.’
He then warned his followers to be wary of fake accounts impersonating him.
‘So we started this account,’ Lindell said, according to a new source. ‘Please share it with everyone you know. Let everybody you know – so we can get the word out over here at Twitter in case they do take it down.
‘And thanks a lot for helping out.’
Suspended yet again
Lindell’s new account was followed by over 20,000 users in about five minutes, according to news source, and he racked up over 37,000 followers before his account was removed shortly after 5 p.m.
According to a Twitter spokesperson, the account was permanently suspended for breaking the platform’s ban evasion rules.
Anyone attempting to evade a previous ban, including by creating a new account, is in violation of Twitter’s ban evasion policy.
Lindell was initially banned from Twitter for breaking the platform’s misinformation rules as well as its civic-integrity policy, which prohibits sharing false or misleading information about how to vote or election results.
Twitter did not provide a reason for the latest ban, according to Lindell, who called it a “shame” in an interview.
Drama in the Twitter-verse
“We need to melt down the voting machines and turn them into prison bars,” Lindell said, referring to his own efforts to keep voting machines out of US elections. “Jack Dorsey should be first in line for prison!”
In November, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey stepped down as CEO. Dorsey is still on Twitter’s board of directors, but he has stated that he will step down when his term ends in late May.
Lindell also stated that he decided to return to Twitter because others were impersonating him.
His attempt to rejoin the social media platform came after Elon Musk announced on Monday that he was purchasing the platform for $44 billion.
The billionaire behind Tesla and SpaceX has expressed interest in promoting “free speech” on Twitter, sparking rumors about potential changes to the platform’s content moderation policies and previous bans.
Musk is upset that Trump is still banned from Twitter, according to sources, but Trump has previously stated that he will not return to the platform even if Musk takes over.