Former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated following a Permanent ban in January 2021.
On Friday, new Twitter owner Elon Musk released a poll asking whether Trump should be allowed back on the platform. Just over 15 million people voted, with 51.8% voting in favor of Trump’s reinstatement on Twitter.
In July 2022, when Twitter filed its latest quarterly earnings report before going private, the platform had around 237.8 million monetizable daily active users. Yet when Musk’s impromptu poll ended on Saturday with participation from a small fraction of the user base, Trump’s account was not banned.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei, Musk tweetedquoting a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people, the voice of God”.
Meanwhile, the former president announced this week that he will run for the country’s highest office once again in 2024.
Trump’s controversial ban came days after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, in which insurgents violently attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“After careful consideration of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them – particularly how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of incitement to violence. “, Twitter wrote in a January 2021 blog post.
Since taking over Twitter just a few weeks ago, Elon Musk has already inverted suspensions on two high-profile accounts that have been twisted for maliciously misinterpreting trans people: conservative satirical publication The Babylon Bee and Jordan Peterson. He also overturned the ban on Kathy Griffin, a comedian who impersonated Musk on Twitter.
When Musk initially announced his candidacy to take over Twitter, he had expressed his support for overturning the former president’s permanent ban. Now that he owns the company, Musk uses his own Twitter account to announce updates to the platform’s policy.
“Twitter’s new policy is freedom of speech, not freedom of access,” Musk tweeted yesterday before starting his poll on Trump’s account. “Negative/hateful tweets will be deboosted and demonetized to the max, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter.”
Already in his term, Musk is gone back and forth on the Implementation new features, so it’s hard to take his word as an end-all-be-all when it comes to how Twitter will handle content moderation. Still, Musk is certainly setting a precedent for his Twitter leadership by allowing the results of a one-day unsolicited poll to dictate complex content moderation decisions.
Either way, it’s unclear if the former president will actually return to Twitter. After being removed from mainstream social networks like Twitter, Youtube and FacebookTrump created his own social platform called Social truth. And one of Truth Social’s biggest selling points is that Trump actively uses it.
“Vote with positivity now, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special! The former president posted on Truth Social tonight, referencing Musk’s Twitter poll.
Truth Social debuted on iOS in February with a launch glitchusing uncredited Mastodon source code. Over the next few months, the app struggled to get approved on Google Play, since Google reportedly found many posts that violated its Play Store content policies. Internally, Truth Social’s parent company, the Trump Media and Technology Group, is hard to finish a proposed merger to go public via PSPC.
In September, data from SensorTower shows that around 3.7 million users had downloaded the Truth Social app.
This story develops…