In a note sent to the Lusa agency, André Ventura indicated that his account on Twitter was restored, without being able to explain why and indicating that he did not receive any message from the social network justifying the measure.
Ventura's account on the social network had already been reactivated on Thursday, despite the leader of Chega having, at the time, told Lusa that he was still unable to write “or follow anyone” on Twitter.
On Wednesday, Ventura had shared a message with Lusa that he claimed to have received from Twitter, according to which his account had been suspended and would not be reinstated “because it violates Twitter’s terms of service, specifically Twitter’s rules against the conduct of spreading hate”.
At the time, when trying to access André Ventura's account, the message “Account suspended: Twitter suspends accounts that violate the Twitter Rules” appeared.
André Ventura had indicated that the suspension was “obviously” linked to a publication he had shared, which contained an image of the attack perpetrated in Paris on January 7, 2015 - in which a policeman and 11 journalists from the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo were killed - and the message “only Chega understands the risks of uncontrolled Islamic immigration”.
However, with the re-establishment of André Ventura's account, the publication in question, which dates from February 20, remains on the social network of the leader of Chega.
André Ventura's suspension was therefore temporary, lasting two days, similar to what has happened several times previously.
In May 2021, for example, Ventura had been suspended for 12 hours after he considered that the former Minister of Internal Administration, Eduardo Cabrita, “should be beheaded”.