Status: 11/20/2022 06:44 am
Twitter has reinstated former US President Trump’s account, which has been suspended since 2021. Twitter boss Musk had previously announced the move after a user survey. Trump, however, has shown little inclination to return.
Trump is back on Twitter: The former US president’s profile is back on the platform Saturday evening – previous tweet from January 8, 2021 above. A few minutes ago, new Twitter owner Elon Musk announced the activation of the messaging service after a survey among its users.
“The people have spoken,” Musk wrote in his conclusion. However, the survey is not representative: about 15 million users participated in the survey planned for Musk 24 hours, while according to the latest information there are more than 230 million daily active users of the service. 51.8 percent voted in favor of Trump’s return.
Trump doesn’t want to go back to Twitter
Trump confirmed shortly before the survey deadline that he wanted to stay with his own Twitter copy, Truth Social. Trump’s account, which once boasted more than 80 million followers on Twitter, has had its subscriber count reset to zero. After a few minutes of activation, his profile was already followed by more than one million Twitter users. On Truth Social, Trump has just over four million subscribers.
Trump has been banned from Twitter since January 2021. On January 6, he sympathized with his supporters who besieged the Capitol, the seat of the US Parliament in Washington. There, Joe Biden’s election victory was to be officially sealed. Due to the attack, this did not happen for several hours.
Musk unlocks more profiles
Musk also removed other profile restrictions. He announced that the accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin, psychologist Jordan Peterson and the conservative parody site Babylon Bee were “reinstated.” “The Babylon Bee” and Peterson were banned in March and August, respectively, for violating Twitter’s policy for mocking transgender people. Griffin was recently banned for using Twitter’s new, looser rules to change his username to “Elon Musk.”
Musk acquired Twitter in late October for $44 billion. Critics fear he will severely limit the fight against hate speech and the spread of fake news on Twitter.
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