KEY POINTS

  • The CBP Commissioner's Twitter account allegedly violated the platform's policies
  • Morgan celebrated the 400th mile of the completed wall in Texas
  • The ban came as senators question the social media platform's content moderation policies

A Trump administration border official has been locked out of Twitter after promoting the 400 miles of wall at the U.S.-Mexico border in Texas on Thursday. 

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Commissioner Mark Morgan tweeted a photo of the construction of the wall with the caption, "Every mile helps us stop gang members, murderers, sexual predators, and drugs from entering our country. It's a fact, walls work," The Federalist reported. 

The border wall is one the most notable and divisive projects of the Trump administration. In 2016, the president unveiled plans to build the 450-mile wall by the end of 2020. 

Morgan's Twitter account was suspended for violating the platform's policies on hate speech and hateful conduct. 

"You may not promote violence against, threaten, or harass other people on the basis of race, ethnicity, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, religious affiliation, age, disability, or serious disease," Twitter wrote in an emailed statement. 

Morgan appeared at a news conference alongside acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to celebrate the 400th mile of the completed wall. During the conference, he slammed the social media platform for freezing his account and removing the tweet, Politico reported. 

"The tweet basically read that walls absolutely are an important part of a multi-layer strategy that assists the men and women of CBP to apprehend criminals. That's what my tweet said. And Twitter took the tweet down," Morgan said. 

"Americans across this great country didn't get to see that tweet or the very critical information that was contained in that tweet because Twitter, they removed that tweet, and they locked my account yesterday," he added. 

He also cited similar tweets he published throughout October that used identical language and noted that none of them triggered Twitter's ban. 

A CBP spokesperson revealed that Morgan had restored access to his Twitter account on Thursday afternoon, CNN reported.  

Twitter's ban on the CBP commissioner's account came after senators on the Commerce Committee questioned Facebook, Google, and Twitter CEOs over content moderation protocols and censorship of conservative speech. 

"Ironically, as they're having a hearing on Capitol Hill on this very issue, Twitter employees were actively censoring another administration official," Morgan said. 
The US has confirmed its borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed until August 20 due to the coronavirus The US has confirmed its borders with Canada and Mexico will remain closed until August 20 due to the coronavirus Photo: AFP / Lars Hagberg