Elon Musk said he would restore former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account after an online poll

New owner and CEO Elon Musk announced on Twitter that he will restore former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday.

Musk ran a poll on the social media platform from late Friday, asking his followers to vote on former US President Donald Trump’s account reinstated on the platform. The reconnaissance lasted for twenty-four hours.

Concluding, Musk wrote in a tweet: “People have spoken. Trump will be brought back. Fox Boboli, Fox Day.” The last phrase means “people’s voice, God’s voice.”

Trump’s account appeared to be posted on Twitter, but the former president made no new posts on the social media platform right after Musk lifted the ban.

Under previous ownership, Twitter issued a lifetime ban on President Donald Trump’s account in January 2021.

The former president’s account was first suspended by Twitter in the aftermath of the January 6, 2021 insurrection at the US Capitol in which his supporters rioted and disrupted lawmakers who were officially counting the Electoral College votes.

At the time, Twitter said in a tweet, it made the decision “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”

Once Trump was banned from Twitter and other social media platforms including Facebook, he created his own social media company.

For his part, Trump said earlier this year that he would not return to the social media platform even if Musk reversed the ban.

The former chief told CNBC correspondent Joe Kernan in April after news of the deal that although he liked Musk, he was “disappointed with the way Twitter has handled me. I’m not going back to Twitter.”

Musk anticipated his decision to welcome Trump back to the platform in May, shortly after he agreed to buy the company. At the Future of Cars conference on FT Live, Musk said he would “repeal the permanent ban” if the deal goes through.

“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or scam accounts or spam… I think it was not right to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said at the time. “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately did not result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

The move to bring Trump back to Twitter comes days after the former president announced his third campaign for the White House. Trump is currently under federal investigation for his handling of classified documents and his role in a massive effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

The reinvigorated Trump account arrives weeks before the December runoff election between Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican nominee Herschel Walker. Trump’s Twitter activity could affect the race.

Conservative radio host Erik Erickson tweeted in response to the news, “Here’s Georgia.” Erickson seemed to indicate that Trump would hurt Walker’s chances with his forthcoming tweets.

Trump has praised Musk’s new ownership of Twitter. “I am so glad that Twitter is now in good hands, and will not be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs who truly hate our country,” Trump wrote on his Truth Social account in October. Truth Social is a Twitter-like platform run by Trump Media & Technology Group.

On Oct. 28, when Musk was at the helm of Twitter, he wrote on the platform that “Twitter will form a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No significant decisions about content or account reinstatement will be made before this council convenes.”

Musk has not yet said if he has set up a content oversight board or who is on it.

The NAACP was one of the first civil rights groups to condemn Musk for allowing Trump to return to the podium. NAACP CEO Derek Johnson called on any company still doing business with Twitter to pause their advertising following the decision to reinstate Trump.

“Any advertisers still funding Twitter should pause all advertising immediately,” Johnson said in a statement to CNBC. He added, “If Elon Musk continues to run Twitter this way, using bomber polls that are not representative of the American people and the needs of our democracy, God help us all.”

Johnson was among a group of civil rights leaders who recently met with Musk and called on him not to allow back the many users who have been banned from the platform.

Democratic leaders have worried for months that Musk will allow Trump to return to Twitter.

Members of President Joe Biden’s inner circle and partisan strategists worried that misinformation would rise on Twitter under Musk and ahead of the 2024 presidential election, which could pit Biden against the former president in a rematch, CNBC previously reported.

A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment.

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