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Pillow vendor and 2020 conspiracy mogul Mike Lindell publicly appealed to Elon Musk this week for his Twitter account to be reinstated.
The MyPillow CEO was banned from the platform earlier this 12 months after he created a second account to evade a brief ban handed down by the platform’s moderators, who had flagged his account for spreading misinformation in regards to the 2020 election.
In a broadcast as a part of his “Lindell TV” programme on a right-wing streaming site, he called on Mr Musk to make contact with him and claimed that the billionaire Tesla founder was ignoring him.
“Why don’t you call me up or get ahold of me? I’ve tried to come up with you a lot, persistently now,” claims Mr Lindell within the clip. “I used to be banned from twitter because I had the evidence to avoid wasting this country and overturn an election.”
It isn’t clear why Mr Lindell would have needed a Twitter account to overturn the 2020 election, or why he has not presented any evidence to prove widespread voter fraud if he supposedly has it in his possession.
While the spectacle of Mr Lindell begging for his Twitter account was bizarre, it raised a sound query as to why Mr Musk has not restored his access.
The brand new Twitter CEO has reversed various other bans targeting high-profile accounts, including that of Donald Trump who was stripped of access to the platform after January 6.
Mr Lindell committed similar violations of Twitter’s civic integrity policy, resulting in his initial suspension, but none of his statements on the platform violated policies as seriously as others who’ve seen their accounts restored.
It’s possible that Mr Lindell’s ban stays in place because of his attempts to evade the platform’s enforcement measures, which Twitter took very seriously within the pre-Musk era and will proceed to accomplish that.
The MyPillow chief executive faces a $1.3bn lawsuit from a voting machine company over his false claims regarding their products; the lawsuit is about to go to trial within the months ahead.