White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on Wednesday night claimed Twitter is holding a “gun to my head” after she posted a link to a critical story about Joe Biden.

Ms McEnany told Fox News‘s Hannity that she has been “permanently” banned from her personal account after redistributing the article, which both Facebook and Twitter have restricted access to over concerns about its veracity.

“It’s not a temporary blockage,” said Ms McEnany. “When I log on to my Twitter account, it says I’m permanently banned”.

As of Thursday afternoon, Ms McEnany’s personal page was still visible on Twitter. Usually, when the social media firm permanently bans a user from its site, their profile is no longer visible to the public.

When Twitter banned the far-right British commentator Katie Hopkins in June this year her page disappeared from the platform.

A spokesperson for Twitter told The Independent users who violate its hacked materials policy can return to the platform once the offending tweet has been removed.

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