Musk: ‘The people have spoken; Trump will be reinstated; Vox Populi, Vox Dei’

Elon Musk tweeted Saturday night that “the people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated.”

The news came after a Musk Twitter poll found a 51.8% majority supported Trump returning to Twitter. Former President Donald Trump, who vowed never to return after he was banned after January 6, has yet to make a statement.

“The people have spoken” Musk tweeted moments after voting closed before 8 p.m. Saturday night. “Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

the Account @RealDonaldTrump could be seen against shortly after 8 pm ET. His fan count was restarted, but he was adding up fast.

Trump’s account on Truth Social, his own social media platform, has yet to post a response.

Musk started a Twitter poll on Friday night, asking supporters to vote on whether to reinstate Trump’s account on the platform, and final results on Saturday night showed 51.8% voting “Yes” out of 15,085,458 votes.

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei” is a Latin phrase that roughly means “the voice of the people, the voice of God.” He later tweeted that about 1 million people were voting per hour.

It’s unclear if Trump would actually return to Twitter. An irrepressible tweeter before he was banned, Trump has said in the past that he would not rejoin Twitter even if his account were reinstated. He has been relying on his own much smaller social networking site, Truth Social, which he launched after being blocked from Twitter.

And earlier Saturday, during a video address to a meeting of a Republican Jewish group in Las Vegas, Trump said he was aware of Musk’s poll but saw “a lot of problems on Twitter,” according to Bloomberg.

“I heard we’re getting a big vote to get back on Twitter as well. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it,” Trump said, Bloomberg reported. “I may make it, I may not make it,” he added, apparently referring to Twitter’s recent internal upheavals.

The prospect of restoring Trump’s presence on the site follows Musk’s purchase of Twitter last month, an acquisition that has fueled widespread concern that the billionaire owner will allow purveyors of lies and disinformation to flourish on the site. . Musk has frequently expressed his belief that Twitter has become too restrictive when it comes to free speech.

The billionaire’s efforts to redevelop the site have been swift and chaotic. Musk has laid off many of the company’s 7,500 full-time workers and an untold number of contractors who are responsible for content moderation and other crucial responsibilities. His demand that the remaining employees commit to “extremely hard” work prompted a wave of resignations, including hundreds of software engineers.

Users reported seeing an increase in spam and scams in their feeds and in their direct messages, among other technical issues, in the wake of mass layoffs and worker exodus. Some programmers who were fired or resigned this week warned that Twitter could soon fall so far apart that it could collapse.

Trump lost his access to Twitter two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol, shortly after the former president urged them to protest “peacefully and patriotically.” Twitter removed his account after Trump wrote a pair of tweets that the company said cast further doubt on the legitimacy of the presidential election and raised risks for Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration.

After the January 6 protest, Trump was also banned from Facebook and Instagram, which are owned by Meta Platforms, and Snapchat. He also suspended his ability to post videos to his YouTube channel. Facebook is set to reconsider the suspension of Trump’s account in January.

In a speech at a conference call in May, Musk claimed that Trump’s Twitter ban was a “morally bad decision” and “absolutely foolish.”

Earlier this month, Musk, who completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter at the end of October, stated that the company would not allow anyone who had been banned from the site to return until Twitter had established procedures on how to do so, including the formation of a “content moderation”. Advice.”

Musk tweeted Friday that the suspended Twitter accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson and conservative Christian news satire website Babylon Bee had been reinstated. He added that a decision on Trump had not yet been made. He also replied “no” when someone on Twitter asked him to reinstate the account of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.

In a tweet Friday, the Tesla CEO described the company’s new content policy as “free speech, but not freedom of scope.”

He explained that a tweet deemed “negative” or containing “hate” would be allowed on the site, but would only be visible to users who specifically searched for it. Such tweets would also be “demonetized, so there’s no ads or other revenue for Twitter,” Musk said.

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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