Barely over 15 million Twitter customers voted within the ballot with 51.8% voting in favor of reinstatement.
“The folks have spoken. Trump can be reinstated,” Musk tweeted.
The folks have spoken. Trump can be reinstated.Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1668905605000
Trump had appeared lower than eager earlier within the day.
“I do not see any cause for it,” the previous president stated through video when requested whether or not he deliberate to return to Twitter by a panel on the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual management assembly.
He stated he would stick together with his new platform Reality Social, the app developed by his Trump Media & Expertise Group (TMTG) startup, which he stated had higher consumer engagement than Twitter and was doing “phenomenally nicely”.
Twitter didn’t reply to a request for remark.
Trump, who on Tuesday launched a bid to regain the White House in 2024, praised Musk and stated he had at all times appreciated him. However Trump additionally stated Twitter suffered from bots, faux accounts and that the issues it confronted have been “unbelievable”.
Musk first stated in Could he deliberate to reverse the ban on Trump, and the timing of any return by Trump was intently watched — and feared — by a lot of Twitter’s advertisers.
The billionaire has since sought to reassure customers and advertisers that such a choice can be made with consideration by a content material moderation council composed of individuals with “broadly various viewpoints” and no account reinstatements would occur earlier than the council convened.
He additionally stated Twitter wouldn’t reinstate any banned customers till there was a “clear course of for doing so.”
However this week, Musk reinstated comic Kathy Griffin, who had been banned for altering her profile title to “Elon Musk” which violated his new rule towards impersonation with out indicating it was a parody account. There was no new details about course of or the moderation council.
No cause to return
A no-show by Trump might cut back considerations amongst main advertisers, who’re already rattled by Musk’s drastic reshaping of Twitter.
He has halved the workforce and severely lower the corporate’s belief and security staff, which is liable for stopping the unfold of misinformation and dangerous content material.
These actions and Musk’s tweeting have pushed main firms to halt promoting on the location as they monitor how the platform handles hate speech.
On Saturday, Bloomberg reported Twitter might hearth extra staff in its gross sales and partnership divisions, citing unnamed sources, simply days after a mass resignation of engineers.
If Trump returned to Twitter, the transfer would increase questions on his dedication to Reality Social, which launched on Apple’s App Retailer in February and Google’s Play Retailer in October. Trump has some 4.57 million followers on Reality Social.
Reality Social has been Trump’s fundamental supply of direct communication together with his followers since he started posting on the app frequently in Could. He has used Reality Social to advertise his allies, criticize opponents and defend his repute amid authorized scrutiny from state, congressional and federal investigators.
His settlement with the corporate, nevertheless, opens the door for Trump to interact extensively on different platforms. Trump is obligated to offer Reality Social a six-hour unique on any submit – however is free to submit “political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the vote efforts” on any website, at any time, in line with a Could SEC submitting.