Just hours after saying he had not yet decided whether to lift the ban on Donald Trump on Twitter, the social network’s new owner, Elon Musk, asked users to vote to bring the former president back on the platform.
“Bring back ex-President Trump,” the billionaire wrote on Twitter, with a chance to vote yes or no.
At 01:45 GMT, 59.6 percent of the nearly two million responses were in favor of the return of the former president, who was banned from Twitter for his role in last year’s attack on the US Capitol by a crowd seeking to overturn the results. 2020 elections.
There was no indication that the mercurial head of Space-X and Tesla would abide by the results of the ad hoc poll.
But on Friday, he also posted a Latin saying that says the decision is up to Twitter users: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).
He has conducted similar polls 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.
Trump, who has taken a liking to using Twitter as a mouthpiece, has been followed by more than 88 million users.
He 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.