Elon Musk Restores Donald Trump’s Twitter Account

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Elon Musk restored former President Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday, a pivotal move that could help the platform’s once loudest and most forceful force regain online attention just as the new presidential election begins.

“The people have spoken,” Musk wrote in a tweet, nodding to a just-completed poll on whether to reinstate the former president. Twitter users voted roughly 52 percent to 48 percent to restore Trump’s account.

Musk had previously said that he did not agree with the ban and that he intended to restore Trump. But after buying Twitter for $44 billion late last month, he too promised to install a content moderation board to make such provisions, saying it would likely take weeks.

Trump had more than 88 million followers before Twitter suspended him after January 6, 2021, citing fears of violent incitement in the days after his supporters stormed the US Capitol in riots that left five dead and hundreds injured.

An account using Trump’s username reappeared on the site on Saturday and slowly built up a following again. A former Twitter employee familiar with that process, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retaliation, said that banned accounts can take up to a full day to restore to their previous status.

Musk’s move reversed one of the most important decisions in Twitter history. Musk, who describes himself as a “free speech absolutist,” has said that the permanent bans undermine Twitter’s role as an unrestricted haven for free speech.

in a tweeted a letter the day it completed its $44 billion acquisitionMusk vowed not to make Twitter “a free-for-all hell” and said he bought the platform “because it’s important for the future of civilization to have a digital commons, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy, without resorting to violence.

Still, it’s unclear if the former president will accept the offer. Trump addressed Musk’s poll and the issue of his account during video link remarks at the Republican Jewish Coalition conference on Saturday in Las Vegas.

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He reacted coolly to the prospect of rejoining Twitter, reiterating earlier comments that he would rather focus his attention on his clone website Truth Social.

“I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said of returning to Twitter, alluding to the social network’s reported problems with bots and declining engagement. “Truth Social has taken the place for a lot of people and I don’t see them going back to Twitter.”

While Trump took the opportunity to promote his own website, he said he appreciated the survey and welcomed Musk’s purchase.

“I like that he bought it, I always have,” Trump said. “He is a character, but I tend to like characters.”

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