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Twitter CFO says Donald Trump ban really is forever (even if he’s elected president again)

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No one yet knows where former President Donald Trump will land now that all the major social media platforms have banned him, at least temporarily.

But it won’t be on Twitter, even if Trump runs for president and wins in 2024, according to the company’s chief financial officer Ned Segal.

Asked during an interview on CNBC, Segal stressed that permanent means permanent.

“The way our policies work, when you’re removed from the platform, you’re removed from the platform whether you are a commentator, a CFO or you are a former or public official,” he said.

Twitter permanently banned Trump shortly after the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol over the risk he would incite violence.

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At the time his account had 88.7 million followers. He then tried to evade the ban by tweeting from the @POTUS and other Twitter accounts. Those tweets were deleted by the company.

Segal’s remarks came as Trump’s impeachment trial for inciting violence is underway in Congress. If he is acquitted, Trump would not be barred from seeking the presidency or another federal office. But he will have to do it without Twitter, his favorite megaphone.

CEO Jack Dorsey said last month that Twitter made the right decision in suspending Trump but worried about the precedent it set.

Trump also has been indefinitely suspended on Google’s YouTube and on Facebook and Instagram. Facebook has handed off responsibility about whether to restore Trump’s access to his accounts to its Oversight Board.