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Getting banned on Twitter is something that on paper would be fairly easy to do.

All you would have to do is threaten to start a nuclear war or post insensitive and fake conspiracy theories.

For some reason that isn't always the case with Twitter who are far more likely to ban you after pretending to be an 'Italian Elon Musk.'

Usually, when someone takes offence to a tweet, Twitter is quick to issue a ban or temporary suspension however we've never heard of someone being banned for a tweet that was posted in 2012.

Editor Sean McGeady recently suffered this delayed slap on the wrist thanks to a tweet that he sent to Donald Trump in 2012, long before he became president.

Replying to a tweet from Trump, announcing that he had just brought stock in Tiffany & Company and McDonald's, McGeady posted the sort of insult that is thrown at Trump's Twitter account on a daily basis.

Sure, it's not great to wish death upon someone but it is hardly the worst thing that has ever been posted and Twitter and is unlikely the first or last time someone has told Trump to drop dead.

In the six years since it was posted the tweet has picked up just 11 retweets and 45 likes but low and behold, last week McGeady discovered that his account had been locked because of the tweet, on the grounds of abusive behaviour.

McGeady chose to protest the ban and did so with possibly one of the best letters that you will ever read, that not only worked but managed to keep the original Trump tweet intact.

This is what he said:

Picture: Sean McGeady

McGeady has since shared his eloquently written and perfect response on Twitter complete with an image of Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption because, you know, freedom and all that.

Speaking to Indy100 we asked McGeady what first prompted him to send that tweet to Trump all those years ago and whether he still stands by it.

I used to send a lot of insults and non-sequiturs to Donald Trump in 2012, back when he was merely a dangerous neighbourhood tyrant and not the ‘Leader of the Free World’.

This one came on 10 December 2012 in response to him stating that he’d just bought stock in Tiffany and McDonald’s. “Two ends of the spectrum but I like both companies.”

As far as Trump tweets go, this wasn’t particularly offensive. But I think there’s something sinister about the way he thinks about wealth and class.

The idea that someone can be so rich as to buy stock in two enormous multinational companies, seemingly on a whim, is revolting.

His notion that those companies sit at either end of a “spectrum” suggests to me that he thinks McDonald’s is for poor people – which is also disgusting. Not that anybody needs a reason to be angry at Trump...

I stopped following him a long time ago, around the time his rhetoric went from amusing maniacal egotisms to potentially world-ending cross-cultural jibes.

McGeady isn't entirely sure why the tweet took so long to result in a ban for him but believes that it might be from people searching for the words 'Trump' and 'death.'

Somehow Trump has become more powerful since 2012. He’s practically omnipresent now. So it’s understandable that contempt for him has risen.

Plenty of people still want him gone – not just in the political sense but in the forever sense. 

I’m not sure how people are still coming across the tweet. My guess is that searches for “Donald Trump” and “death” occasionally throw it up.

I don’t know how Twitter’s abusive-content algorithms work but given that this tweet is more than six years old, I assume that it was reported manually by someone who took exception to it.

I don’t care for the tweet and could have happily deleted it. It wasn’t about the tweet but the principle.

He adds that Twitter didn't directly respond to him contesting the suspension but that they did thank him for 'resolving the issue'.

Unfortunately, I didn’t receive a direct response from Twitter.

About a week after I’d been suspended, I opened the Twitter app and it thanked me for having resolved the issue.

I knew I hadn’t deleted the tweet and feared that Twitter had done so on my behalf. But I checked and there it was.

I don’t know whether Twitter has people to read these appeals or whether a computer does it. Either way, it worked.

Update: McGeady has since informed Indy100 that his account has again been suspended and the original tweet is no longer viewable on the website.

Indy100 has contacted Twitter for comment.

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