Former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account “reappeared” on the microblogging site on Saturday, after Elon Musk confirmed the removal of the account’s 22-month suspension, according to news agency AFP. On January 6, 2018, Trump’s account was suspended due to solicitation of violence on US Capitol Hill. Trump’s account was reactivated after Twitter CEO Elon Musk conducted a poll in which votes in favor of lifting the ban triumphed by a margin of 4%.
The survey received slightly more than 15 million votes, with 51.8% in favor of restoration. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk announced.
Previously, Musk had restored accounts associated with conservative media personality Jordan Peterson and the satirical website Babylon Bee. These reinstatements follow Musk’s announcement last month that Twitter will create a content moderation council comprised of widely different opinions. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will take place until that council convenes, he continued.
Elon Musk conducted this poll during a period of retrenchment and exits for Twitter. Nearly half of the company’s employees have been asked to leave less than three weeks following Musk’s takeover.
Donald Trump, who was banned from Twitter for encouraging violence, declared on Saturday that he has no plans to return. “I don’t see any reason for it,” the former president remarked when a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership gathering asked if he wanted to return to Twitter, according to Reuters.
He stated he would remain with Truth Social, the program established by his Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG) business, which he said had better user interaction than Twitter and was performing “phenomenally well.”
Donald Trump’s account had over 88 million users when it was suspended. He previously indicated that he will not return to the popular site. He will instead focus on his own network, Truth Social, which he founded after being banned from Twitter.
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