Musk: Trump's Twitter Account Reinstated; Donald Trump reacts, ending lifetime ban

Elon Musk wrote on Twitter on Saturday night "the people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated."

The information was released after a Musk Twitter poll revealed that 51.8% of respondents supported bringing Trump back on Twitter. Former President Donald Trump, who was barred after January 6 and has sworn never to return, has not yet released a comment.

Before 8 p.m. on Saturday, Musk tweeted shortly after the voting had ended, "The people have spoken. "Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei."

It was possible to access the @RealDonaldTrump account just after 8 p.m. ET. Although his following count had been reset, it was growing swiftly. On his account, he already had 72.4 million followers, nearly twice as many as Joe Biden, and just 27.5 million more than the @POTUS presidential account.

Trump has not yet responded on his own social media network, Truth Social.

Musk launched a Twitter poll late on Friday asking followers to cast their votes on whether to restore Trump's account. The final results from Saturday night showed that, out of 15,085,458 votes, 51.8% chose "Yes."

The Latin phrase "Vox Populi, Vox Dei" approximately translates to "the voice of the people, the voice of God." Later, he claimed that around 1 million people were voting per hour.

If Trump joined Twitter again, it would cast doubt on his dedication to Truth Social, which debuted on Google Play in October and the Apple App Store in February. On Truth Social, Trump has 4.57 million followers.

Since he started posting frequently on the app in May, Trump's primary method of direct communication with his supporters has been Truth Social. In the face of legal scrutiny from the state, congressional, and federal investigators, he has used Truth Social to support his allies, lambast adversaries, and defend his reputation.

However, his relationship with the corporation gives Trump the opportunity to actively participate on other platforms. According to a May SEC filing, Trump is required to provide Truth Social a six-hour exclusive on each post but is free to post "political message, political fundraising, or get-out-the-vote operations" on any website, at any time.

Trump may or may not truly come back to Twitter. Trump, who was an unstoppable tweeter before to his suspension, has previously claimed that he would not return to Twitter even if his account were to be restored.

According to Bloomberg, earlier on Saturday, Trump acknowledged being aware of Musk's poll but claimed to see "a lot of problems at Twitter" in a video address to a Republican Jewish group meeting in Las Vegas.

"I've heard there's a strong push to return to Twitter as well. I don't see it because I can't think of a good reason why, "Trump stated, according to Bloomberg. He continued, "It may make it, it may not make it," ostensibly alluding to the recent internal turmoil at Twitter.

Trump's potential return to the platform comes in the wake of Musk's acquisition of Twitter earlier this month, which sparked widespread worries that the site's billionaire owner would enable the propagation of falsehoods and disinformation. Musk has often stated his opinion that Twitter has become too censorship-heavy for free expression.

The site has been rapidly and haphazardly altered by the millionaire. Many of the 7,500 full-time employees and untold numbers of contractors who are in charge of content moderation and other crucial duties have been fired by Musk. A large number of employees, including hundreds of software engineers, resigned as a result of his demand that the remaining staff promise to work "extremely hardcore."

In the wake of the widespread layoffs and staff migration, users have reported witnessing an upsurge in spam and frauds on their feeds and in their direct messages, among other issues. Some engineers who lost their jobs or quit last week forewarned that Twitter would soon become so unstable that it might really crash.

Two days after Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol and shortly after the former president urged them to protest "peacefully and patriotically," he was denied access to Twitter. After Trump sent out two tweets that Twitter claimed raised questions about the validity of the presidential election and put the inauguration of Joe Biden at risk, the company shut down his account.

Trump was also banned from Snapchat, Facebook, Instagram, and Meta Platforms-owned Instagram following the protest on January 6. Additionally suspended was his capacity to upload videos to his YouTube page. In January, Facebook plans to take Trump's account suspension under review.

In a speech at an auto conference in May, Musk claimed that Twitter's decision to ban Trump was "morally bad" and "extremely foolish."

Musk, who completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in late October, stated earlier this month that the company would not permit users who had been banned to come back until Twitter had established policies for doing so, including creating a "content moderation council."

Musk said on Friday that the comedian Kathy Griffin, the Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, and the conservative Christian news satire website Babylon Bee had had their banned Twitter accounts reopened. He added that no decision had been made regarding Trump. On Twitter, he also replied "no" to a request to revive conspiracy theorist Alex Jones' account.

The Tesla CEO referred to the new content policy as "freedom of expression, but not freedom of reach" in a tweet on Friday.

He said that although a tweet regarded to be "negative" or to include "hate" would be permitted on the website, only individuals who explicitly looked for it would be able to view it. According to Musk, such tweets would also be "demonetized, so no adverts or other money to Twitter."

Just days after a mass engineering resignation, Bloomberg claimed that Twitter may remove other staff from its sales and partnership units. The article used unidentified sources.

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