Elon Musk announced Saturday night that he will restore Donald Trump’s Twitter account after a nearly two-year ban.
“The people have spoken,” the new Twitter boss wrote on Saturday. “Trump will be reinstated.”
The former president’s account was Permanently Banned of the social media platform in January 2021 following the riots at the US Capitol “because of the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said at the time.
On Friday, Mr. Musk polled Twitter users whether Mr. Trump should be allowed back on the platform.
A majority of more than 15 million respondents voted in favour.
The decision marks the latest controversial move since Musk took full control of Twitter in October following a turbulent $44 billion buyout marred by lawsuits and social media sparring with Twitter executives.
Since then, the platform has seen a mass exodus of employees and advertisers as fake accounts proliferate and Twitter controversially suggested it charge a monthly fee for its “blue tick” verification system.
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