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Elon Musk reinstates Donald Trump back on Twitter

Elon Musk has stated that former U.S. President Donald Trump can once again use Twitter. Musk explained his choice by citing the results of a poll he conducted on Twitter.

Elon Musk has stated that former U.S. President Donald Trump can once again use Twitter. Musk explained his choice by citing the results of a poll he conducted on Twitter. Just days after Trump announced his intention to run for president again in 2024, the @realDonaldTrump account and its tweets are once again completely viewable. Musk announced soon after assuming the social network’s control that banned accounts would remain suspended until a content moderation council with “widely diverse viewpoints” was established and convened. Instead, he decided to conduct a Twitter poll of his followers on the Friday night before Thanksgiving. On Twitter, he urged followers to vote “Yes” or “No” on a poll asking whether Trump should be reinstated as president. To that, he tweeted, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God” in Latin.

At a close of 52–48, the “Yes” votes prevailed. It’s unclear how many were bots, but Musk has hinted that automated software was used to disrupt the poll. Musk once stated that bots were responsible for the results of his contentious poll regarding Russia and Ukraine. He famously sought to get out of the Twitter contract by saying that as many as 20 percent of Twitter’s accounts were phony. According to Musk, the poll was seen by over 134 million people, but only 15 million individuals participated. Only 11% of those who viewed it used one of the buttons. As a result, it’s impossible to say if Musk ultimately decided solely on the poll or whether he was set on a specific course of action before seeing the results. He asked his fans, and they said he should sell 10 percent of his Tesla stock in November 2021. “I will accept the outcome of this poll regardless,” he declared. The Wall Street Journal, however, reported that he had previously decided to sell the shares by September, two months earlier, as part of a predetermined trading plan designed to prevent executives from engaging in insider trading.

On January 8, 2021, Twitter banned former President Trump “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” following Trump’s role in encouraging the January 6th Capitol attacks. The social media platform claimed at the time that Trump’s tweets violated its policy against the glorification of violence. From then until tonight, anyone who visited his profile on Twitter would have seen a notification reading “account suspended” instead of his posts. Musk promised to bring back Trump’s account throughout the arduous process of buying Twitter. “I think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk stated in May.

No one knows if Trump will return to Twitter, invitation or not. After being banned from the microblogging service Twitter, Trump signed on with Truth Social, a conservative social media startup. After hearing Musk’s thoughts on re-inviting him to Twitter, Trump declared he would remain on Truth Social regardless of the invitation. Trump claimed at the time that “Twitter’s become very boring. They’ve gotten rid of many good voices on Twitter, many of their conservative voices.”  While being questioned by reporters on Saturday, Trump was asked about Musk’s survey and responded, “I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it.”  However, on Saturday afternoon, about three hours before the poll concluded, Trump invited his fans on Truth Social to vote in the Twitter poll. Even though Musk has previously identified himself as a centrist, he declared in May 2022 that he” can no longer support [Democrats] and will vote Republican.”  Musk publicly encouraged his fans to vote Republican in the upcoming U.S. midterm elections.

Without mentioning the establishment of the aforementioned content moderation council, Musk also revealed that Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin, and The Babylon Bee would all be brought back. When asked about a content moderation council in conjunction with tonight’s decision to reinstate Trump, Musk did not respond. Something seems to have gone wrong with his assurance that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.” If Trump decides to rejoin Twitter, it could significantly impact the 2024 U.S. election. He would once again have access to his favorite megaphone, a Twitter account monitored by the world’s media, through which he can direct both support and abuse, with the implicit backing of that platform’s owner.