Trump’s account resurfaced on Twitter after an Elon Musk poll showed limited support for his reinstatement.
Elon Musk has reinstated Donald Trump’s account on Twitter, nearly two years after the former US president banned from the social media platform for inciting violence.
Trump’s account resurfaced on Twitter on Saturday after Musk, the platform’s new owner, ran a poll on the social media site that showed limited support for allowing Trump to return.
More than 15 million people voted in the poll asking whether Trump’s account should be reinstated, with a narrow majority of 51.8 percent voting in favor.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted.
But Trump said earlier on Saturday that he had no interest in returning to the platform.
“I don’t see any reason for it,” the former president said via video when asked if he planned to return to Twitter by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
The people have spoken.
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
Trump said he would stick with his new platform Truth Social, the app developed by his start-up Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which he said had better user engagement than Twitter and was doing “phenomenally well”.
Trump that Tuesday launched an effort to get the White House back in 2024also praised Musk, saying he had always liked him.
But the former president also said Twitter suffered from bots, fake accounts and the problems it faced were “incredible”.
Musk first said in May that he intended to reverse the ban on Trump, and the timing of the former president’s eventual return has been closely watched — and feared — by many Twitter advertisers.
Musk has since tried to reassure users and advertisers that such a decision would be made with consideration by a content moderation board made up of people with “widely disparate points of view”, and that no account recovery would take place until the board convened.
He also said Twitter would not reinstate banned users until there was a “clear process for doing so.”
This week, Musk reinstated comedian Kathy Griffin, who had been banned for changing her profile name to “Elon Musk,” in violation of his new rule against impersonation without identifying it as a parody account.
There is no new information about the reinstatement process or moderation board.
If Trump doesn’t return to Twitter, that could ease the concerns of major advertisers, who already are rocked by Musk’s drastic overhaul of the platform.
He cut the workforce in half and severely cut the company’s trust and security team, which is responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation and harmful content.
These actions and Musk’s tweets have prompted major companies to stop advertising on the site as they monitor how the platform handles hate speech.
On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter could lay off more employees in its sales and collaboration divisions, citing unnamed sources just days after a mass layoff of engineers.