President Trump’s son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner blocked the president’s effort to join social media sites such as Gab and Parler, according to reports.
Twitter suspended Trump’s accounts after the president was accused of inciting violence when a mob of his supporters overran the Capitol last week.
Kushner and Trump’s social media director, Dan Scavino, objected to the president joining the alternative platforms, arguing that the sites lacked the infrastructure that would be needed to handle the likely mass influx of users, sources familiar with the matter told Bloomberg.
“Trump could have overruled him and moved to the new sites himself, but with Scavino’s discouragement, he did not,” a source said.
CNN reported that Kushner and Scavino intervened when other aides, including personnel chief John McEntee, sought to help the president get on other sites.
Within days of losing his Twitter, Trump was blocked from other mainstream social media sites, including Instagram and Facebook.