The businessman and new owner of the social network Twitter, Elon Musk, reactivated today, Saturday, the account of former President Donald Trump that has been suspended since January 8, 2021.
Musk conducted a 24-hour poll on his official account, and after counting the votes of over 15 million users, the option to reactivate Trump’s account won with 51.8 percent of the vote. The “no” option received 48.2 percent of the votes.
The people have spoken.RELATED
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
“Citizens have spoken. Trump will be reinstated (on Twitter),” Musk wrote after closing the poll and seeing the final result. He also used the phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei!”, a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” Trump announced this week that he will run for the presidency of the United States in the 2024 elections.
A few hours later, Trump’s account (@realDonaldTrump) reappeared on the social network, along with its more than 59,000 tweets. His last tweets, published on January 8, 2021, were the ones that led to the permanent suspension of his account.
Although it remains to be seen if Musk will comply with the wishes of the users, since the also founder of the SpaceX and Tesla companies is recognized for surprisingly reversing the decisions he makes, the possible reactivation of Trump’s account contrasts with a tweet Musk posted on Oct. 28, noting that he would create a new content moderation council “made up of people with diverse viewpoints” and that “no major content decisions will be made or suspended accounts will be restored.” until the council meets.”
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
Twitter permanently suspended Trump’s account after linking the Republican politician’s comments to the January 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol. The former president also repeatedly violated the social network’s content policies by posting misinformation about the 2020 elections and the COVID-19 pandemic, among many other incidents.
It’s unclear if Trump would actually return to Twitter. Trump even launched his own social network, Truth Social, in response to moderation of content he posted on Twitter and other social networks. An irrepressible tweeter before his account was banned, Trump has previously said that he would not return to that platform even if his account was reinstated. The former president has been relying on his own much smaller social network, Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.
And on Saturday, during a video address to a meeting of the Republican Jewish group in Las Vegas, Trump said he was aware of Musk’s poll, but saw “a lot of problems on Twitter,” according to Bloomberg.
“I’ve heard we’re getting a big vote to get back on Twitter as well. I don’t think so, because I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said, quoted by Bloomberg. “I may, I may not,” he added, apparently referring to the recent internal upheavals at Twitter.
In early November Musk, who bought the social network for $44 billion, said Twitter “won’t allow” anyone who has been removed from the social network for violating its rules to return to the platform until the company has a clear process. .
Before buying the social network, Musk said that among the people he would welcome to Twitter is former President Trump.
Yesterday, Musk announced the unblocking of the Twitter accounts of writer Jordan Peterson, comedian Kathy Griffin and conservative parody outlet The Babylon Bee.
Peterson’s and Babylon Bee’s profiles were blocked for posting content disrespecting the trans community, while Griffin’s was removed for impersonating Musk.
Twitter has entered a dizzying spiral since Musk took over on October 27. To date, Musk has fired the company’s director and board of directors, dismantled the network of contractors tasked with moderating user-posted content, and seen at least 1,200 employees resign, who chose to leave with compensation of three months of salary after Musk present them with two options: prepare to work long hours or quit.
Since entering the arena, Musk has cut Twitter’s employees of around 7,500 by 50 percent, and concerns continue to grow that the company no longer has enough engineers to maintain the codebase and services. Similarly, multiple companies have suspended their advertising campaigns on the social network, which has led to millions of dollars in losses.