Twitter Confirms Trump Could Be Banned After Biden Sworn In

( Once he leaves the White House on January 20, President Donald Trump may have to find a new way to connect with his loyal followers.

That’s because Twitter confirmed to Forbes last week that Trump could end up being banned from the site once he leaves office. As president of the United States, Trump benefits from Twitter’s policy for world leaders. Once he’s just a regular citizen again, he’ll have to follow the same rules and guidelines as everyone else, a Twitter spokesperson confirmed.

If Trump breaks Twitter’s rules repeatedly, he could face punishment that could become increasingly severe. It could even result in him banned from the social media site for good. The spokesperson did say that it would take quite a few infractions for the permanent ban to happen.

As president, Trump’s tweets have been subject to fact checks and other warning labels. It hasn’t resulted in his account being suspended or banned at any time, though. In just the two days after Election Day, half of all tweets that Trump sent were labeled, according to a Forbes study.

First-time offenses of Twitter’s rules typically result in the site blocking the user until the post is removed completely. A second violation could end up resulting in a temporary freeze being put on the account.

The spokesperson told Forbes that Trump doesn’t have “special rules” for when he leaves office. The company hasn’t had any internal discussions about what it would do, or how it would handle, a situation if Trump violated rules enough that they were forced to ban him.

Trump has attacked Twitter and other social media platforms during his presidency for their practices in trying to silence him and other conservative voices. He has repeatedly called for the end of legal protections that Big Tech platforms have.

Section 230 is the specific legal protection that gives sites and social media platforms such as Twitter the power to moderate content on their site in “good faith.” It also protects the sites from any lawsuits that relate to the posts that are made on their sites.

On Tuesday, Trump turned up the pressure on Twitter and other tech firms. He threatened to veto the defense spending bill if Congress doesn’t repeal Section 230. He tweeted:

“Section 230, which is a liability shielding gift from the U.S. to “Big Tech” (the only companies in American that have it — corporate welfare!), is a serious threat to our National Security & Election Integrity. Our Country can never be safe & secure if we allow it to stand … ”

Trump has sent more than 58,000 tweets since he first joined the platform back in 2009. He has always used Twitter as a way to reach his fans and political supporters directly, rather than rely on the liberal media, which has often censored his speech.

Twitter was always likely to be a huge platform for him to remain in the limelight after he left the White House. But apparently, if Trump doesn’t watch himself, he could quickly find himself banned from the site altogether.