Twitter czar Elon Musk announced that Donald Trump will be allowed back on the platform — right after the former president publicly blasted the social media giant.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted late Saturday, a day after he posted a poll where users could vote whether they wanted the former president back.
About 52 percent of respondents favored reinstating Trump’s account. The former president was famously kicked off Twitter in January 2021 after his posts were believed to have raised the risk of violence in the aftermath of the deadly riot at the Capitol.
Trump himself didn’t seem particularly thrilled with the idea of returning to the platform just hours earlier Saturday, despite asking an appeals court to revive his lawsuit to overturn his permanent suspension earlier this week.
When asked about Musk’s poll at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference in Las Vegas, Trump hyped up his own Truth Social and took to Twitter, which has been in chaos since the SpaceX CEO’s $44 billion takeover three months ago. weeks ago.
“He’s done a poll and I’ve heard it’s very overwhelming, very strong. But I’ve got something called … it’s really great: Truth Social,” Trump said.
“And Truth Social is going through the roof. It’s going phenomenally well. … I think engagement is much better than Twitter,” he continued.
Speaking of any plans to return to Twitter, he said: “I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it. They have a lot of problems with Twitter. You see what’s going on. It can make it, it can’t make it, but the problems are incredible and the agreements are negative.”
“But Truth Social has replaced a lot of people and I don’t see them going back to Twitter,” he said.
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