Donald Trump’s Twitter account reinstated after Elon Musk’s poll

Donald Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated on Saturday after the platform’s new owner Elon Musk conducted a poll A slim majority of voters supported this step, days after the former US president announced another bid for the White House.

Trump’s account was banned from the platform early last year for his role in the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol by a mob of his supporters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

“People have spoken up,” Musk said on Twitter, shortly after a 24-hour Twitter poll on his account ended.

“Vox Populi, Vox Day,” he added, repeating a Latin saying he also published on Friday, which means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

In the end, more than 15 million people – out of Twitter’s 237 million daily users – voted to reinstate the controversial profile, with 51.8% in favor and 48.2% against.

Trump, who had more than 88 million users when his account was suspended, has been happy to use Twitter as a gag during his presidency, posting policy ads, attacking political rivals and reaching out to supporters.

On Saturday, many of his political allies were highlighting his return.

“Welcome back @realdonaldtrump!” tweeted House Republican Paul Gosar.

Musk’s poll asked for a simple “yes” or “no” answer to the “Return Ex President Trump” statement, which the billionaire boss posted on Twitter on Friday.

“Great to see Trump’s Twitter Poll!” On Saturday morning, Musk pondered a flurry of tweets from the controversial and arduous new owner of the one-on-one messaging platform.

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Mask also published the Latin aphorism “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”.

He has put out similar surveys in the past, and last year asked his followers if he should sell shares in his electric car company Tesla. After this survey, he sold more than $1 billion in stocks.

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Trump said he would not return to the popular platform but would instead stay on his own network, Truth Social, which was launched after he was banned from Twitter.

Trump, who appeared via video clip Saturday at a Republican Jewish Coalition rally in Las Vegas, said he welcomed Musk’s poll and was a fan of the man himself, but appeared to reject any return.

“I love him…you know, he’s a character and again, I love the characters,” he said.

“He did a poll and it was so overwhelming…but I have what’s called… Truth Social.”

On whether he will return to the podium, he said: “I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for that.”

Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has come under fire for drastic changes to California-based Twitter, which he bought less than a month ago for $44 billion.

Since then, he’s fired half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, scrapped its work-from-home policy and imposed long hours, all while his attempts to reform the company faced backlash and delays.

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Its fumbling attempts to renew user verification through a controversial subscription service has led to a slew of fake accounts and pranks, and prompted major advertisers to turn away from the platform.

On Friday, Musk appeared to press his plans and reinstate previously banned accounts, including those of comedian Kathy Griffin, which were deleted after she impersonated him on the site.

The company’s offices were closed on Friday and hundreds of employees quit rather than bow to Musk’s demands to quit working long, grueling days at the new Twitter.