Twitter suspends My Pillow CEO for election misinformation

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My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell

Twitter has permanently suspended the account of My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell for repeated violations of the social platform’s policy on election misinformation, the social media firm said late on Monday.

Mr Lindell is a staunch supporter of former US President Donald Trump and he financed post-election protests in a bid to overturn the election win of Joe Biden.

Lindell used his personal Twitter account, which had nearly half a million followers. He also used the company’s account to spread unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in the presidential election.

US courts have rejected such baseless claims, even as Trump and his supporters continued to falsely allege there being voter fraud.

Mike Lindell repeatedly violated Twitter’s civic integrity policy, due to which he was suspended, a Twitter spokesperson said in an emailed statement. Twitter had permanently suspended Trump from its platform earlier this month.

The founder and Chief Executive Officer of the My Pillow company, 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 told Reuters 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 through the US Capitol.

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 had said then.

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