Elon allows Trump back on Twitter
Trump’s Twitter account was banned from Twitter after the Capitol Hill riots in January. After polling users, Musk decided to reinstate the former President’s profile – too little, too late. Read below to understand.
The former US President, however, has no intention of staying.
Since becoming the new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk has been adamant on keeping the controversy alive. Last week, the “Chief Twit” (as he calls himself) polled users and reversed the permanent ban on former US President Donald Trump Twitter account.
The move gave the opportunity for the politician to reconnect with his social media following and regain his space on political Twitter. However, at least for the time being, Trump says he’s got no interest in going back to Twitter.
On Friday, Elon created a poll on Twitter asking whether or not the platform should reinstate the former President’s account. The final results were favorable to Trump’s return by 51.8%. According to Twitter data, more than 15 million users participated in the voting. However, it’s unclear how many of those accounts were bots or fake profiles.
After closing the poll, Musk tweeted “the people have spoken” and that the social media platform would reinstate Trump’s account. On Saturday, an account by the handle @realDonaldTrump appeared on the website.
For his part, Trump says he still has a lot of problems with Twitter. The former President also mentioned he plans to stick with Truth Social – the social network he helped bring to life earlier this year.
Twitter was just one of the many social networks that terminated Trump’s accounts from their services in January of last year. The reasoning behind the multiple bans is that developers were concerned he would incite more violence after the Capitol Hill riots.
A world of controversy from Musk
Reinstating former President Trump on Twitter is just the latest in a series of controversies on Musk’s behalf since acquiring Twitter in October. Ever since then, the billionaire CEO has made dramatic changes to the platform and its environment.
Just one week after taking over the social media platform, Musk cut half of Twitter’s staff. The new CEO also warned the remaining employees that they’ll be subjected to hardcore schedules from now on.
The biggest public change was the remodeling of Twitter Blue – the company’s subscription service. Musk announced anyone could become verified with the blue check mark next to their name. The blue check mark is usually reserved for prominent figures like politicians and entertainers.
Shortly after the revamping went live, thousands of users began impersonating major companies and world leaders. Their tweets rattled the stock market and caused a major upset amongst advertisers.
Another big decision was made with Donald Trump in mind. Before the buyout, Elon Musk said he would reverse the Trump Twitter ban as an effort to reduce content moderation. After taking over, however, the CEO said he would create a content moderation council with different points of view instead.
Donald Trump is now part of his own social media app, called Truth Social. The former President stated he doesn’t plan on using Twitter anytime soon. On November 15, he also announced he is running for president once again in 2024.
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