Elon Musk Restores Donald Trump's Twitter Account

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Trump's account was suspended in 2021 due to the risk of incitement of violence.

Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk has reinstated Former United States President Donald Trump’s account on the social media platform.

Trump’s account, which was banned by Twitter following January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol, was restored after Musk posted a poll on Twitter Friday night asking the platform’s users if Trump should be reinstated.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted Saturday night. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

The final results of the poll, which included 15 million votes, on Saturday night showed 51.8% in favor and 48.2% opposed.

The much-anticipated decision from Twitter’s CEO has set the stage for Trump’s return to the social media platform, where he was previously its most influential, if not controversial user. With almost 90 million followers, the former president’s tweets often moved the markets, set the news cycle, and drove the agenda in Washington.

Trump has previously said he would remain on his platform, Truth Social, instead of rejoining Twitter, earlier saying: “I don’t see any reason for it.” However. a change in his approach could hold major political implications.

This month saw the former president make an announcement that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, aiming to become only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two non-consecutive terms.

Asked on Saturday what his thoughts were about Musk purchasing Twitter and his own future on the platform, Trump praised Musk but questioned whether the site would survive its current crises.

“They have a lot of problems,” Trump said in Las Vegas at the Republican Jewish Coalition meeting. “You see what’s going on. It may make it, it may not make it.”

He, however, said he liked Musk and “liked that he bought (Twitter.),” adding that “He’s a character and I tend to like characters. But he’s smart.”

Throughout Trump’s White House tenure, Twitter was central to his presidency, a fact that also benefited the company in the form of countless hours of user engagement. Twitter often took a light-touch approach to moderate his account, arguing at times that as a public official, the then-president must be given wide latitude to speak.