Musk: People have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi and Vox Dei’

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

The news came after a Twitter poll Musk conducted showed a majority of 51.8% support bringing Trump back on Twitter. Former President Donald Trump, who vowed never to return after being banned after Jan. 6, has not yet issued a statement.

“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted Moments after polls close before 8 p.m. on Saturday. Trump will be reinstated. Fox Boboli and Fox Day.

The @RealDonaldTrump account It was viewable just before 8:00 p.m. ET. The number of his followers was reset, but it was increasing rapidly.

Trump’s account on Truth Social, his social media platform, has not yet posted a response.

Musk started a Twitter poll Late Friday, it asked followers to vote to reinstate Trump’s account on the platform, with final results Saturday night showing that 51.8% voted “yes” out of 15,085,458 votes cast.

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei” is a Latin phrase that roughly means “the voice of the people, the voice of God.” Later, he tweeted about 1 million people vote an hour.

It is not clear if Trump will actually return to Twitter. Trump, who was an irrepressible tweeter before he was banned, has said in the past that he would not rejoin Twitter even if his account was reinstated. It was based on his own, much smaller, social networking site, Truth Social, which he launched after being banned 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 got a big vote to also get back on Twitter. I don’t see that because I don’t see any reason to,” Trump was quoted as saying by Bloomberg. “It may work, it may not work,” he added, apparently referring to Twitter’s recent internal turmoil.

The prospect of Trump’s regaining presence on the site follows Musk’s purchase of Twitter last month — an acquisition that sparked widespread fears that the billionaire owner would allow peddlers of lies and disinformation to flourish on the site. Musk has repeatedly expressed his belief that Twitter has become too restrictive for free speech.

The billionaire’s efforts to remodel the site were fast and messy. Musk fired many of the company’s 7,500 full-time employees and the countless contractors responsible for overseeing content and other critical responsibilities. His demand that the remaining staff pledge “very hard” work led to a wave of resignations, including from hundreds of software engineers.

Users have reported increased spam and scams appearing on their feeds and in their direct messages, among other glitches, in the wake of mass layoffs and worker exoduses. Some programmers who were fired or quit this week warned that Twitter could soon deteriorate so badly that it could actually crash.

Trump lost access to Twitter two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol, shortly after the former president urged them to protest “peacefully and patriotic.” Twitter took down his account after Trump wrote a pair of tweets that the company said cast more doubts about the legitimacy of the presidential election and raised the stakes of President Joe Biden’s inauguration.

After the Jan. 6 protest, Trump was also kicked out of Facebook and Instagram-owned Meta platforms, and Snapchat. His ability to post videos to his YouTube channel has also been suspended. Facebook is set to reconsider suspending Trump’s account in January.

In a speech at an auto convention in May, Musk asserted that banning Trump’s Twitter was “a morally bad decision” and “idiotic in the extreme.”

Earlier this month, Musk, who completed the $44 billion acquisition of Twitter in late October, announced that the company would not allow anyone fired from the site to return until Twitter puts in place procedures on how to do so, including forming an “amendment.” content “council.”

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

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

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, Musk said, would also be “demonized, so no ads or any other revenue for Twitter.”

Information from Reuters is used in this report.

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