Elon Musk says Trump’s Twitter account will be reinstated

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Elon Musk announced Saturday night that he will restore former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted.

Musk had posted a 24-hour poll on Friday to poll users whether the former president should be reinstated. The final result was that 51.8% of users voted yes and 48.2% voted no.

The former president was kicked off the site in the wake of the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Twitter leaders at the time said the ban was due to fears of further incitement to violence.

Trump then created his own platform called Truth Social, which he billed as a space for conservatives and a rival to liberal media. On January 6, 2021, Twitter blocked Trump’s account for 12 hours and removed several tweets that the company said were a “serious violation” of his policies.

SpaceX owner and Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during a conversation with legendary game designer Todd Howard (not pictured) at the E3 gaming convention in Los Angeles, California, U.S., June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo

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But now that Musk is at the helm of Twitter, Trump is welcome back to the site that propelled his political career and became a regular part of his presidency.

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“I wouldn’t be here without the tweets,” Trump once told the TBEN.

Trump used Twitter profusely, sometimes posting dozens of posts a day, to announce official policies, discredit his political opponents, or spread misinformation about the coronavirus or the 2020 election.

Twitter temporarily shut down Trump’s campaign account for sharing an excerpt from “TBEN & Friends” in which Trump claimed that children were immune to COVID-19.

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Trump celebrated Musk’s acquisition of the site, which was completed on Oct. 27 after a months-long legal battle.

Musk originally said he would lift the permanent ban on Trump, calling it “downright stupid.” But after his acquisition, Musk said he was deferring any major content moderation or account recovery until the formation of a new committee that would devote itself to the issues.

PHOTO: Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for a third time as he smiles as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

Former President Donald Trump announces he is running for president for a third time as he smiles as he speaks at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Florida, Tuesday, November 15, 2022.

(TBEN Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Trump originally insisted he not be on the platform again, repeatedly expressing disappointment with how he was “treated” by the company.

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But Twitter, one of the world’s largest social media platforms, is undoubtedly bringing the former president to a wider audience. On Truth Social, he has just over 4.3 million followers, but during his time on Twitter, he amassed almost 80 million followers.

Trump’s platform, Truth Social, is also facing legal trouble, including a whistleblower claiming to the administration that Trump Media & Technology Group (the umbrella company for Truth Social) made “fraudulent misrepresentations” while trying to raise money.

Any changes Musk makes to Twitter rules and policies could also affect the race. Musk previously said Twitter unfairly infringed on free speech, leading observers to worry his leadership could lead to the spread of misinformation or hate speech, content that Twitter currently monitors and moderates the site.

“The reason I bought Twitter is because it is important for the future of civilization to have a common digital city square where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way, without resorting to violence Musk wrote in a statement. to Twitter. “There is currently a great danger that social media will fragment into far-right and far-left echo chambers that generate even more hatred and divide our society.”