Twitter: Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump

Twitter: Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump
Twitter: Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump

Twitter: Elon Musk lifts ban on Donald Trump

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Donald Trump was banned from Twitter in January 2021

Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, said former US President Donald Trump’s account was restored to its previous position after a poll found users backing the move by a slim margin over those who backed it oppose decision.

“People have spoken,” Musk said on Twitter, saying that 51.8% of Twitter’s more than 15 million users voted to unblock Trump’s account.

However, the former US President is not allowed to return to the podium after previously saying: “I see no reason for that.”

His account was suspended in 2021 due to the risk of his tweets inciting violence.

The former Twitter administration made the decision just days after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol (Congress) in Washington, DC on Jan. 6.

Hundreds of rioters took to the grounds as Congress attempted to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. The resulting violence resulted in the deaths of four civilians and one police officer.

Shortly after the riots, Trump’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube accounts, all of which have tens of millions of followers, were also suspended.

A few months later, Trump launched his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Earlier this week, the former Republican president announced that he would run again for the presidency of the United States in 2024.

Musk, the richest man in the world, acquired Twitter in October in a deal worth $44 billion.

He immediately initiated a series of sweeping changes within the social media giant amid concerns that Twitter’s hate speech and misinformation laws could be relaxed.

And just over a week before the Nov. 8 US midterm elections, Musk answered questions about whether he would reinstate Trump’s account. He said in a tweet, “If I got $1 every time someone asked me if Trump would come back to this platform, Twitter would coin the money!”

Earlier this week, Musk told Twitter staff that the company’s offices would be temporarily closing, effective immediately.

The announcement comes amid reports of a large number of employees quitting after Musk asked them to work or walk “long hours at high intensity.”

Will Trump regain his megaphone?

Analysis by James Clayton

Technology correspondent for North America

Donald Trump knew this poll was important, although his official position is that he doesn’t want to return to Twitter.

He urged his followers on TruthSocial to take part in the Twitter poll. “Vote now, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special,” he said.

It’s a strange statement. If Trump isn’t considering a comeback, why is he urging his supporters to vote?

Part of Trump’s dilemma is that TruthSocial has relatively few users compared to Twitter. In September, app and data analytics company SensorTower estimated that just 92,000 people had downloaded TruthSocial. While nearly 15 million people downloaded Twitter in the same period.

Trump wants his megaphone back. Twitter was his favorite app, the primary platform he used to build support and control the news cycle.

But while he would have a much wider reach on Twitter, he has a financial stake in Truth Social’s success. The app is owned by Trump Media & Technology Group, and when it returns to Twitter it’s hard to imagine how Truth Social can survive.

This helps explain why we haven’t seen Donald Trump asked to return to Twitter until now.

But in the long run he will have to weigh financial and political decisions, and with intentions to run again for the presidency, he will not rule out his return.


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