MyPillow CEO and noted conspiracy theorist Mike Lindell's attempt to circumvent his "permanent" ban on Twitter was upended almost immediately after he managed to make an account and posted a video announcing his return to the social media platform.
Twitter users reported Lindell, citing Twitter's ban evasion policy which prohibits those who use the platform from circumventing bans “including through the creation of new accounts.”
Lindell believed he might be able to remain on Twitter now that billionaire and self proclaimed free speech advocate Elon Musk was acquiring the platform.
You can hear what Lindell said in the video below.
Mike Lindell today announces he has just created a new twitter account to try and evade his permanent ban.pic.twitter.com/M5VpFIMWra— Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@Ron Filipkowski \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651426726
"Hello Twitter, this is Mike Lindell. I'm here to tell you about my new account here, @mikejlindell... that's the only account over here at Twitter that I'm using."
"All those other accounts are fake accounts and they've been using my name out there so we started this account."
“Please share with everybody you know, let everybody you know, so we can get the word out at Twitter in case they do take it down."
"Thanks a lot for helping out."
Twitter permanently banned Lindell in January 2021 for continuing to promote the unfounded conspiracy that former President Donald Trump won the 2020 general election.
Twitter said Lindell had violated their civic integrity policy, which was crafted in response to election disinformation on the platform.
His latest antics exposed him to significant mockery from other Twitter users.
How stupid can one be? Or wait , it\u2019s Lindell the pillow guy. That explains it!https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— ITMAN (@ITMAN) 1651521689
Stable genius.https://twitter.com/ronfilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— AlWalentis (@AlWalentis) 1651461942
I guess he thought this was smart to do! \n\n#MikeLindell \n#MyPillowGuy https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/NTlMJ7HrJB— STAND WITH UKRAINE \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6 (@STAND WITH UKRAINE \ud83c\uddfa\ud83c\udde6) 1651477620
Wackiest wackiedoodle ever with exception to DJT and his illegitimate daughter MTG.https://twitter.com/ronfilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— Nunyabidnes (@Nunyabidnes) 1651504468
Damn, this guy is dumber than even I thought he was.https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— THEE #VeryAsian politicalcat #WomensRights #KHive (@THEE #VeryAsian politicalcat #WomensRights #KHive) 1651455685
I have never seen someone so ignorant as to brag about a new account after being banned! https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— Max (@Max) 1651458142
Why does he even want to be on Twitter when he has Truth Social?https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— Debi in NC \ud83c\udf0a\ud83d\ude37\ud83e\udd8b (@Debi in NC \ud83c\udf0a\ud83d\ude37\ud83e\udd8b) 1651453608
What an idiot. He opens a new account because he old one got banned and he tells everyone! Looks like the new account might already be banned.https://twitter.com/RonFilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— Brandon Bent (@Brandon Bent) 1651483427
He still crawling back? What\u2019s wrong with \u201cTruth Social\u201d ? https://twitter.com/ronfilipkowski/status/1520820036298059777\u00a0\u2026— CarpeDiem89 (@CarpeDiem89) 1651455163
Lindell attracted considerable attention when he held a three-day "Cyber Symposium" he billed as an arena in which he would unveil definitive proof the 2020 election was stolen. Instead, it crashed and burned when he failed to produce any evidence of fraud.
Lindell also made headlines during his own event when he dashed off stage after news outlets reported a judge allowed a $1.3 billion defamation lawsuit filed against him by Dominion to proceed.
In February, Dominion sued Lindell for $1.3 billion, arguing Lindell defamed the company by promoting the baseless conspiracy theory falsely claiming Dominion conspired with foreign powers to rig voting machines to stop former President Trump from winning the 2020 election.
The company seeks more than $651 million in punitive damages as well as a further $651.7 million in compensation from Lindell.
Dominion's claim is about four times MyPillow's annual revenue.