Twitter Permanently Suspends Account Of MyPillow CEO

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell (Photo by Stephen Maturen/Getty Images)
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January 26, 2021 8:46 a.m.

The Twitter account of MyPillow CEO and perennial Trump supporter Mike Lindell was permanently suspended on Monday night, according to multiple sources.

A Twitter spokesperson confirmed to CNN and Politico late Monday that Lindell’s account had been permanently removed “due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy.” 

The decision to boot Lindell came after the company installed a new policy in the wake of the Capitol insurrection that permanently bans accounts that repeatedly share election misinformation — in what appears to be an effort to cut down on the spread of falsehood and to hold accountable at least some of those responsible for inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol earlier this month.

“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes,” a policy on civic integrity posted to Twitter’s rules page reads. “This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process.”

Severe or repeated violations of the policy result in a permanent suspension, according to the policy statement.

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The news of the removal of Lindell’s Twitter account follows reports last week that a number of major retailers had stopped selling MyPillow products after Lindell continued to pipe up support for Trump by advancing bogus election fraud conspiracy theories even after the Capitol riot.

Days before Trump’s formal departure from the White House, the MyPillow executive brought notes to a meeting in the West Wing, which were photographed and revealed to contain the phrases “martial law,” “Insurrection Act” and “foreign interference in the election.”

Lindell, a major Republican donor, called the attack that left five people dead, including a Capitol police officer, “very peaceful,” according to The New York Times

The removal of the major Republican donor’s Twitter account comes after the social media company finally banned Trump’s account earlier this month “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” in the aftermath of the deadly Capitol riot.

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