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Twitter CFO Ned Segal confirms Donald Trump will NEVER be allowed back on the platform - even if he were to run for office again - but also says he 'wants to see speech and users' points of view protected'

 Twitter's Chief Financial Officer said Wednesday that Donald Trump would not be allowed back on platform even if he were to run for office again. 

Ned Segal told CNBC that the former president's suspension will not be overturned, adding: 'When you are removed from the platform you are removed from the platform, whether you are a commentator, you're a CFO or you are a former or current public official.'

But asked about Washington looking into social media regulation Segal insisted the company 'want to see speech...and user's points of view protected'. 


Segal told the network: 'We believe in transparency and choice and we think we have a really important voice around this conversation.' 

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The site also banned more than 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation, including some of his high profile supporters.

The former president faces his second impeachment trial this week after being accused of being the 'inciter in chief' of the deadly attack at the Capitol aimed at overturning his election loss to Joe Biden.  

Segal told CNBC that the former president's suspension will not be overturned 'When you are removed from the platform you are removed,' he said

Segal told CNBC that the former president's suspension will not be overturned 'When you are removed from the platform you are removed,' he said

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The site also banned more than 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation, including some of his high profile supporters

Trump was permanently banned from Twitter following the storming of the U.S. Capitol on January 6. The site also banned more than 70,000 accounts for sharing misinformation, including some of his high profile supporters

Segal added: 'When people just hear from larger companies they may get a different perspective that doesn't serve the millions of websites and apps.

'Where a consumer's perspective, whether it's around audio space or product reviews or other things that you'll see where an individual is sharing their point of view on a website that is owned by somebody else. 


'We want to see that speech protected and people continued to be able to offer those points of view.

'We think that through transparency, that is, telling people the choices that we are making, how we are using their information, how an algorithm  works and giving them choice...these are things that we think will serve the industry well.

'This is going to be a really dynamic time for our industry, our company.'   

Asked about Washington looking into social media regulation Segal insisted the company 'want to see speech...and user's points of view protected'. Segal told the network: 'We believe in transparency and choice and we think we have a really important voice around this conversation'

Asked about Washington looking into social media regulation Segal insisted the company 'want to see speech...and user's points of view protected'. Segal told the network: 'We believe in transparency and choice and we think we have a really important voice around this conversation'

Trump is the first president to face an impeachment trial after leaving office and the first to be twice impeached. 

Segal said Wednesday: 'Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back.

'He was removed when he was president and there would be no difference for anybody who was a public official, once they had been removed from the service.' 

After banning Trump the tech giant said: 'Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open. 

'However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.' 

Segal said Wednesday: 'Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back'

Segal said Wednesday: 'Our policies are designed to make sure that people are not inciting violence, and if anybody does that we have to remove them from the service and our policies don't allow people to come back'

Segal said there was still 'momentum' behind Twitter, citing figures which show that they 'added more DAU [daily active users] this January than the average of the last 4 Januaries'. 

He said: 'We added 40 million people to our DAU last year, and 5 million last quarter.' 

Snapchat has permanently banned Trump; Facebook and Instagram continue to uphold a temporary suspension.  

Segal also said the company has thought about whether to hold bitcoin on its balance sheet, but it has not made any changes yet.

Segal's comments come a couple of days after billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's Tesla Inc revealed it had bought $1.5 billion of the cryptocurrency and would soon accept it as a form of payment for cars, sending the cryptocurrency shooting higher. 

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