Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, while Congress he was about to certify Joe Biden’s electoral victory.
Musk made the announcement late at night after conducting a poll asking Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be restored. He won the “yes” with 51.8%. Previously, Musk had said that Twitter would establish new procedures and a “content moderation board” before making decisions to restore suspended accounts.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”
Shortly after, Trump’s account, which was previously listed as suspended, reappeared on the platform complete with his previous tweets, more than 59,000 of them. His followers were gone, at least initially, but he quickly began to win them back. However, there were no new tweets from the account as of Saturday night.
Musk restored the account less than a month after the Tesla CEO to take control of Twitter and four days after Trump announced his candidacy for the 2024 presidential race.
It’s unclear if Trump would actually return to Twitter. An irrepressible tweeter before he was banned, Trump has said in the past that he would not join again even if his account were reinstated. He has been relying on his own much smaller social networking site, Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.
And on Saturday, during a video address to a meeting of a Republican Jewish group in Las Vegas, Trump said he was aware of Musk’s poll but saw “a lot of problems on Twitter.”
“I heard we’re getting a big vote to get back on Twitter as well. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said. “I may make it, I may not make it,” he added, apparently referring to the recent internal upheavals at Twitter.
The prospect of restoring Trump’s presence on the platform follows Musk’s purchase of Twitter last month, an acquisition that has fueled widespread concern that the billionaire owner will allow purveyors of lies and misinformation to flourish on the site. . Musk has frequently expressed his belief that Twitter has become too restrictive when it comes to free speech.
Musk to restore Trump to Twitter after online poll
Elon Musk said Saturday he will reinstate Donald Trump’s Twitter account, reversing a ban that has kept the former president off the social media site since a pro-Trump mob attacked the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. , as Congress was about to certify. Joe Biden’s electoral victory. (November 19th)
Their efforts to redevelop the site have been quick and chaotic. Musk has laid off many of the company’s 7,500 full-time workers and an untold number of contractors who are responsible for content moderation and other crucial responsibilities. His demand that the remaining employees commit to “extremely hard” work prompted a wave of resignations, including hundreds of software engineers.
Users reported seeing an increase in spam and scams in their feeds and in their direct messages, among other technical issues, in the wake of mass layoffs and worker exodus. Some programmers who were fired or resigned this week warned that Twitter soon it could crumble so much that it could collapse.
the online survey from Musk, posted on his own Twitter account, garnered more than 15 million votes in the 24 hours it lasted.
Musk admitted that the results were not at all scientific. “Armies of bots and trolls could run out of steam soon,” he tweeted Saturday morning. “Some interesting lessons to clean up future surveys.”
It is not the first time that he has used Twitter polls to make business decisions. Last year sold millions of shares of his Tesla stock after asking his followers if he should.
Democratic US Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York responded to Musk’s poll on Trump by tweeting a video of the January 6 insurrection. She tweeted Friday that the last time Trump was on Twitter, “it was used to incite an insurrection, multiple people were killed, the vice president of the United States was nearly killed, and hundreds were injured, but I guess that’s not enough for you. answer the question”. Question. Twitter poll is”.
Trump lost his access to Twitter two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol, shortly after the former president urged them to “fight like crazy.” Twitter removed his account after Trump wrote a pair of tweets that the company said cast further doubt on the legitimacy of the presidential election and raised risks for Biden’s presidential inauguration.
After the January 6 attack, Trump was also banned from Facebook and Instagram, which are owned by Meta Platforms, and Snapchat. He also suspended his ability to post videos to his YouTube channel. Facebook is set to reconsider Trump’s suspension in January.
Throughout his tenure as president, Trump’s use of social media posed a significant challenge to major social media platforms seeking to balance the public’s interest in hearing from public officials with concerns about misinformation, intolerance, harassment and incitement to violence.
But in a speech at a conference call in May, Musk claimed that Trump’s Twitter ban was a “morally bad decision” and “absolutely foolish.”
Earlier this month, Musk, who completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter at the end of October, stated that the company would not allow anyone who has been banned from the site to return until Twitter has established procedures on how to do so, including the formation of a “content moderation council”.
On Friday, Musk tweeted that the suspended Twitter accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and conservative Christian news satire website Babylon Bee had been reinstated. He added that a decision on Trump had not yet been made. He also responded “no” when asked by someone on Twitter to reinstate the account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
In a tweet Friday, the Tesla CEO described the company’s new content policy as “free speech, but not freedom of scope.”
He explained that a tweet that is deemed “negative” or includes “hate” would be allowed on the site, but would only be visible to users who specifically searched for it. Such tweets would also be “demonetized, so there will be no ads or other revenue for Twitter,” Musk said.