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Twitter permanently suspends My Pillow CEO for election misinformation

Stock MarketsJan 26, 2021 06:05PM ET
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© Reuters. Mike Lindell, CEO of My Pillow, stands outside the West Wing of the White House in Washington

By Bhargav Acharya

(Reuters) - Twitter Inc (NYSE:TWTR) has permanently suspended the account of My Pillow chief executive Mike Lindell for repeated violations of the company's policy on election misinformation, the social media firm said.

Lindell, a devout supporter of former U.S. President Donald Trump, in a phone interview with Reuters on Tuesday pushed back at Twitter's reasons for the suspension, saying Twitter is "trying to destroy Mike Lindell - my reputation and my integrity."

Twitter had permanently suspended Trump from its platform earlier this month.

Lindell used his personal Twitter account, which had nearly half a million followers, and the My Pillow company's account to spread unsubstantiated claims of widespread voter fraud in the Nov. 3 election in which Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Trump.

Lindell was suspended for repeatedly violating the company's civic integrity policy, Twitter said in a statement late on Monday. It is not clear which of Lindell’s tweets led to the ban.

Lindell's political commentary and advertisements are a regular fixture on conservative media.

A self-described former cocaine addict and alcoholic who says he found sobriety through Christianity, Lindell helped sponsor a two-week March for Trump bus tour that ended in Washington on Dec. 14 and spoke at five stops.

He said a fortnight ago that he did not help finance subsequent trips to promote the Jan. 6 rally that devolved into riots as supporters of Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol while lawmakers were certifying the election results.

But the Capitol riots that left five people dead, did not change his views on contesting the election.

"I'm never letting the fraud go," Lindell told Reuters then.

In Tuesday's phone interview, Lindell offered his own explanation for why Twitter blocked him.

“You’ve got to realize that they didn’t take my Twitter down because I backed Donald Trump,” Lindell said. “They took it down because they don’t want the Dominion (Voting Systems) machine fraud out there."

The New York Times reported last week that Dominion has threatened to sue Lindell over his unsubstantiated claims of fraud involving its machines.

Lindell also said on Tuesday that Twitter removed his account after he posted a positive description of him written by an employee. "So now an article goes up about who I really am from a real person. And they wipe my Twitter out forever."

Twitter permanently suspends My Pillow CEO for election misinformation
 

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Tenemos Avoir
Tenemos Avoir Jan 26, 2021 8:44AM ET
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Democrats are better at censoring and punishing than they are at governing...and yes, of course, they are great at motivating their opposition.
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stick to pillows but make ones that don't leave you with a pain in the neck.
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sal galeano Jan 26, 2021 6:53AM ET
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yall right wingers want to stop getting kicked off social media for violating their terms of condition stop using false info to push false narratives to appease your racist and bigoted views.
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Dan Diaz Jan 26, 2021 6:22AM ET
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Because of Big Tech. Your vote will never count. Just like Mexico’s 1988 Presidential Election.
Kings Wales
Kings Wales Jan 26, 2021 6:12AM ET
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Twitter will crumble on its earnings call for sure
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Ryan Banks Jan 26, 2021 4:41AM ET
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you say the claims are baseless and the courts rejected the baseless claims, however this is not true, the courts never even looked at the evidence.
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LimitUp Jan 26, 2021 4:41AM ET
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Jurgen Daub Did you lesrn to spell in a liberal city
Richard Hallatt
Richard Hallatt Jan 26, 2021 4:41AM ET
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they never said there was no evidence, just not enough to change the outcome of the election.
Richard Smith
Richard Smith Jan 26, 2021 4:41AM ET
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Hopefully people will wake ip before it is too late . We will not like where this is going.
Robert Crawford
Robert Crawford Jan 26, 2021 4:41AM ET
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The courts never looked at evidence because none existed. Its legal to scream “Fraud” into a camera.However, it is not legal to go into a courtroom and make those same baseless claims. Thats a surefire way to lose your law license.The lawyers in several cases admitted there was no fraud.Get over it! It was a fair election, managed exceedingly well.
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“To date, we have not seen fraud on a scale that could have affected a different outcome in the election.” ~Then-Attorney General of the United States Wllliam BarrYou lost. Let it go.
Hunt Richardson
Hunt Richardson Jan 26, 2021 4:36AM ET
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dump twitter. wait until congress starts taxing big tech
Lester Godinez
Optimist_GUY Jan 26, 2021 3:31AM ET
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All these far left wingers, hope things doesn't boomerang
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Optimist_GUY Jan 26, 2021 3:29AM ET
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Twitter's final revenge on Trump supporters
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Tony Ab Jan 26, 2021 3:18AM ET
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The “ insuive left “ doesnt seem so inclusive
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