Twitter Boots MyPillow CEO

Mike Lindell, considering a gubernatorial bid, is off the platform for good
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 26, 2021 5:01 AM CST
Twitter Boots MyPillow CEO
In this March 30, 2020, file photo, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell speaks as President Donald Trump listens during a briefing about the coronavirus in the Rose Garden of the White House, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

Twitter has banned My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell—for good. A rep for the social media platform confirmed late Monday that Lindell's account had been permanently suspended "for repeated violations of our civic integrity policy." That policy was buffed up after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol to target those who repeatedly share election misinformation. Five or more strikes can result in a permanent ban, per CNN, though it's unclear which of Lindell's tweets did him in. An ardent supporter of former President Trump, Lindell backed claims of widespread election fraud and reportedly signaled a route to martial law.

Earlier this month, the Republican donor was claiming Trump would be president "for the next four years," per CNN. He also spread claims that voting machines from Smartmatic and Dominion were set up to flip votes from Trump to Joe Biden, for which there is no evidence. On threat of litigation, Lindell claimed he was holding "all the evidence." Regardless, Politico sees the Twitter ban as a major hiccup in the entrepreneur's ability to reach voters, as he's toying with a run for governor of Minnesota in 2022. "I think I would bring common sense and unity," Lindell told the Minnesota Star Tribune late last year, adding he was "90% to 95%" likely to run. (Read more MyPillow stories.)

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