New York: Elon Musk said that former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account will be reinstated after the site’s new owner ran a poll in which a narrow majority of 15 million voters supported the move.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted of the former US president’s account, which was banned last year after a mob of his supporters attacked the US Capitol.
Musk had launched a Twitter poll wherein he asked users to vote on the reinstatement of Trump’s account.
51.8% of Twitter users voted for the reinstatement of Trump on Twitter, while 48.2% of users were against it.
Trump was banned from Twitter, his preferred method of communicating to the masses, in the wake of the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Since then, the former US President has been active on his social networking app, Truth Social.
However, Trump’s account — dormant since days after the January 6, 2021 — was visible to users on Sunday after more than 680 days. The @realDonaldTrump account and its tweets are fully visible again.
It must be noted that after taking control over Twitter Musk had said that he would not reinstate any banned accounts until the company had set up and convened a content moderation council with “widely diverse viewpoints”.
However, the billionaire rowed back on his comment yesterday. Musk decided to poll his own followers on Twitter for Trump’s reinstatement on the platform.