Twitter banned Donald Trump on January 8, 2021, two days after his supporters attacked the Capitol, “risking further incitement to violence”.
The new head of “Twitter” Elon Musk on Saturday restored the account of former US President Donald Trump, which was banned on the social network after the attack on the Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2021.
After the results of the poll launched on the social network, the whimsical entrepreneur wrote on his personal account, “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated.”
“Vox Populi vox dei”
More than fifteen million Internet users responded to the Republican politician’s return to the platform, and 51.8% voted “yes”. Minutes after Elon Musk’s message, Donald Trump’s account reappeared, with the last tweet dated January 8, 2021.
The multi-billionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX, who has been the head of the social network for three weeks, suggested at the launch of the poll on Friday evening that its outcome could influence the decision on whether the former chief will return. He announced this on Twitter with the message “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (The voice of the people is the voice of God).
In the name of free speech, it has already reinstated several suspended user accounts on Friday.
Banned from January 8, 2021
Shortly after the $44 billion acquisition of the platform was finalized in late October, the leader assured that no major decisions regarding account content or reactivation would be made without the intervention of a “moderation board.” The gesture is aimed, among other things, at reassuring advertisers, the group’s main source of income.
He did not publicly say whether this council was created or not. Twitter banned Donald Trump on January 8, 2021, two days after his supporters attacked the Capitol, “risking further incitement to violence”.
Elon Musk, who believes that this sanction is a “morally bad and extremely crazy decision”, talked about the possible return of the former Republican president to the platform in May.
Although many associations, authorities and advertisers fear that the content is no longer sufficiently moderated on the social network, giving rise to misinformation, harassment and other abuses, the businessman’s turn on the subject was expected.
Derrick Johnson, president of the civil rights organization NAACP, responded on Twitter, “You are betraying our democracy,” confirming that Elon Musk’s followers “do not represent America” (although the poll was open to all Twitter members , whether they follow Elon Musk’s account or not).
“I like it”
The recovery of Donald Trump’s account is expected to make waves in American society and politics, especially as he is again running for the White House in 2024.
Donald Trump, who is happy that Twitter is “in good hands” with Elon Musk, said in recent days that he will remain on the Truth social network, even if this platform offers a small resonance box compared to Twitter. it had more than 88 million subscribers.
During a video intervention at a Republican Jewish Coalition rally in Las Vegas on Saturday, Republican nominee and Elon Musk welcomed the initiative.
“I like him (…). You know, he’s hellish and I like holy characters,” he said. But now he has his own network, he argued later.
On Truth Social, he encouraged his subscribers to “vote with positivity” before adding: “But don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special.”
A messed up job
The decision to bring Donald Trump back to Twitter will in any case cause a little more turmoil within the company, which has been heavily shaken since its takeover by Elon Musk.
He left his mark by firing key leaders of the group on his first day before launching a major social plan. Controversial features such as paid certification badges were launched before being delayed, causing many advertisers to flee.
This week, several hundred employees said no to an ultimatum from the new owner, who demanded they work tirelessly to “build the revolutionary Twitter 2.0.” It leads to massive new beginnings within the company.