Twitter re-bans Lindell who says Dorsey should be “first In line” for jail

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell took a swipe at Twitter‘s former CEO, Jack Dorsey, on Sunday, shortly after he was banned from the platform for a second time—less than four hours after he launched a new account.

Lindell, a staunch supporter of former President Donald Trump, was permanently banned by Twitter in January 2021 after he promoted unsubstantiated claims about the 2020 presidential election.

He launched a new account Sunday afternoon, but was kicked off the platform again some three-and-a-half hours later. Twitter has a ban evasion policy, which prohibits attempts to circumvent permanent suspensions, “including through the creation of new accounts.”

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (L) took a swipe at Twitter’s former CEO, Jack Dorsey (R), on Sunday, shortly after he was re-banned from the social media platform.
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“What a shame,” said Lindell, addressing his abrupt departure from the platform during an interview with RSBN at a Nebraska “Save America” rally.

“We need to melt down the voting machines and turn them into prison bars. Jack Dorsey should be the first one in line,” he said.

Lindell has falsely claimed that the presidential election was “rigged” or “stolen” from Trump, and on Friday, he helped file a lawsuit in Arizona to prevent the state from using machines to tabulate votes in local elections.

Dorsey, who resigned as Twitter CEO last fall, still remains on Twitter’s board, but has said he intends to leave upon the expiration of his term, which is expected to be later this month of May.

‘Crooked’

Lindell took a swipe at Dorsey, calling him “crooked.”

He also explained that he decided to create a new account because of the number of fake accounts using his name on the platform.

“That was my account, let me just tell you what happened,” Lindell said. “They let people put up fake accounts, so what I did today—I had lawyers get those accounts taken down—so what I did today, right on the way here, I did it, I had my account put up.”

“And I did a video on my airplane that said ‘hey you guys, this is really me, everything else is fake,'” Lindell added. “It got up and within about an hour, got up to about 56,000 followers in an hour, and ol’ Jack Dorsey took it down.”

A Twitter spokesperson told multiple news outlets that Lindell’s new account had been “permanently suspended for violation the Twitter Rules on ban evasion.”

His attempt to circumvent Twitter’s ban evasion policy comes after the announcement that Tesla CEO Elon Musk on April 25 had bought Twitter for $44 billion. Since then, many have speculated whether historical Twitter account bans would be reinstated under its new leadership.

The SpaceX billionaire, who calls himself a free speech absolutist, has openly criticized Twitter’s content moderation policies.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said in a statement.

Newsweek has contacted Twitter for additional comment.

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