MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell became the latest to lose his Twitter account when he was banned Monday night for allegedly violating the company’s new “civic integrity policy.”
“The account you referenced has been permanently suspended due to repeated violations of our Civic Integrity Policy,” a Twitter spokesperson told CNN, referencing the rule instituted after the Capitol riot by which the social media giant can ban accounts that claim the 2020 election was stolen.
“You may not use Twitter’s services for the purpose of manipulating or interfering in elections or other civic processes,” the company admonishes users on its website. “This includes posting or sharing content that may suppress participation or mislead people about when, where, or how to participate in a civic process. In addition, we may label and reduce the visibility of Tweets containing false or misleading information about civic processes in order to provide additional context.”
Content forbidden under the civic integrity policy includes “misleading information about how to participate,” “suppression and intimidation,” as well as “misleading information about outcomes.”
“For severe or repeated violations of this policy, accounts will be permanently suspended,” Twitter further warns.
Lindell had claimed that the January 6 Capitol riot was “very peaceful” and blamed it on “undercover antifa,” according to The New York Times. Lindell also claimed that former President Donald Trump, who has also been sent into Twitter exile, would remain president.
Regarding why they muzzled Trump in the wake of the Capitol siege, Twitter said at the time, “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action,” Twitter added.
Lindell’s ban is yet another setback for MyPillow’s CEO, who has been threatened by Dominion Voting Systems with a defamation lawsuit and also finds his products dropped by several major retailers. As The Daily Wire reported:
MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell said Monday that he has been dropped by major retailers, including Bed Bath & Beyond, Kohl’s, HEB Stores, the Canadian Shopping Channel and Wayfair.
Lindell, a strong supporter of President Donald Trump, reportedly told NBC News via email on Tuesday that “a group has attacked my vendors” and the companies informed him that they had been threatened with “a boycott” if they “don’t comply” to their demands to stop selling his products.
The reported move to drop MyPillow products from major retailers comes on the heels of Dominion Voting Systems sending a letter to Lindell threatening legal action if he does not retract unsubstantiated accusations concerning “millions” of “stolen” votes from President Trump and issue an apology to the voting equipment manufacturer.