Fact Check: Trump’s Twitter account remains suspended

The claim: Donald Trump is back on Twitter

On Jan. 8, Twitter announced the permanent suspension of former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account, citing two tweets posted after the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.

Twitter ruled the tweets violated its Glorification of Violence policy, announcing, “the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.”

On May 27, however, an Instagram user claimed “He’s back!!!”

The post is a screenshot with a message ahead of Memorial Day that criticized the rise in gasoline prices and praised “how great of a job Donald Trump did as President.” The message seems to be from a verified @realdonaldtrump account, the username Trump had on Twitter.

The post accumulated more than 300 interactions as of June 3. Commenters clearly grasped the poster’s intended meaning as a reference to Trump’s Twitter account.

But that wasn’t a post from Twitter.

USA TODAY reached out to the user for comment.

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Screenshot is from Gab

The screenshot being shared is actually from a post made on the online platform Gab through a @realdonaldtrump account.

The account says it is “Reserved for the 45th President of the United States of America,” and it is “an uncensored Twitter archive and shares email statements sent by The Office of Donald J. Trump.”

Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter, but his account is inactive and his past tweets not directly accessible. Trump’s permanent ban remains in place.

A May 27 statement, which matches the Gab post, was posted on donaldjtrump.com, a blog Trump launched May 4 as an alternative to the sites he was banned from, such as Facebook and Twitter. He recently shut down the site, USA TODAY reported. 

Twitter has suspended various accounts that attempted to dodge Trump’s ban from the social media platform by reposting Trump’s posts from his website, Reuters reported. Trump’s team told Reuters the accounts weren’t affiliated with him.

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Our rating: False

We rate the claim that Trump is back on Twitter FALSE, based on our research. Trump’s Twitter account remains suspended, and the screenshot shared on Instagram is from the social media site Gab.

Our fact-checking sources:

  • Instagram post, May 27
  • Twitter, Jan. 8, Permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump
  • Twitter, March 2019, Glorification of violence policy
  • Reuters, May 6, Twitter shuts down accounts for attempting to evade Trump ban
  • Gab post, May 27
  • Social Bakers, Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Twitter Statistics, accessed June 2
  • Save America, May 27, Statement by Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States of America
  • USA TODAY, May 4, Trump launches ‘From the desk of Donald J. Trump’ as potential Facebook ban looms
  • USA TODAY, June 2, No more ‘From The Desk of Donald J. Trump’: Former president shut down blog launched just a month ago
  • Reuters, June 1, Fact Check-Trump is not back on Twitter, screenshot taken from Gab
  • PolitiFact, May 28, Donald Trump is posting statements online, but he’s not back on Twitter

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