The account was an extension of his new website, From the Desk of Donald J. Trump, in which he writes tweet-like posts his followers can share.
The account popped up on Twitter this week, noting in its bio it would post “on behalf of the 45th POTUS.” Within hours, #RemoveTrumpJack was trending, calling on Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to take action.
The account was banned saying it violated the company’s policies.
Twitter has said it will suspend all accounts that are created with the sole purpose of sharing the former president’s statements, regardless of who made them. In a statement Thursday, spokesperson Trenton Kennedy said, “As stated in our ban evasion policy, we’ll take enforcement action on accounts whose apparent intent is to replace or promote content affiliated with a suspended account.”
Without the power of his social media megaphone, Trump is turning to a Plan B: a new website he launched Tuesday where he can post his thoughts, complaints, political endorsements and fundraising requests.
Trump announced his site’s launch via Fox News.
“It’s better than Twitter, much more elegant than Twitter,” he said. “And Twitter now is very boring.”
Still, the posts on his new site and even his news releases need social media sharing to spread around and reach a broader audience, particularly now that his platform as former president has diminished.