Elon Musk ends Trump’s Twitter ban • TechCrunch

Former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated following a permanent ban in January 2021.

On Friday, new Twitter owner Elon Musk posted a poll asking if Trump could get back on the platform. Just over 15 million people voted, with 51.8% for Trump’s reinstatement on Twitter.

As of July 2022, when Twitter submitted its latest quarterly report before going private, the platform had about 237.8 million daily active monetized users. But when Musk’s impromptu poll ended Saturday with a tiny fraction of users, Trump’s account was unbanned.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweetedquoting a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of men, the voice of God.”

This was announced by the former president this week he will run for the country’s highest office in 2024.

Trump’s controversial ban came days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riots, in which insurgents attempted to violently overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

“Following a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them – particularly how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter – we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” Twitter said. . wrote in a January 2021 blog post.

Elon Musk took over Twitter a few weeks ago reverse suspensions to two high-profile accounts that were taken off the platform for deliberately misinterpreting transgender people: conservative satire publication The Babylon Bee and Jordan Peterson. He also reversed the ban on Kathy Griffin, a comedian who had posed as Musk on Twitter.

When Musk initially announced his bid to take over Twitter, he had expressed his support for the former president’s permanent ban being overturned. Now that he owns the company, Musk uses his own Twitter account to announce platform policy updates.

“The new Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of expression,” Musk said tweeted yesterday before starting his poll on Trump’s account. “Negative/hate tweets are deboosted and demonetized to the max, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter.”

Already during his tenure, Musk has gone back and forth implementing new features, so it’s a challenge to take his word as all-encompassing with regard to how Twitter handles content moderation. Still, Musk certainly sets a precedent for his leadership at Twitter by letting the results of a spontaneous day-long poll dictate the complex decisions about content moderation.

Either way, it’s unclear if the former president will actually return to Twitter. After being removed from mainstream social media networks such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook, Trump created his own social platform called Truth Social. And one of Truth Social’s main selling points is that Trump is actively using it.

Image Credits: Donald Trump on Truth Social

“Now vote with positivity, but don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Truth Social is special!” the former president posted on Truth Social this evening, referencing Musk’s Twitter poll.

Truth Social debuted on iOS in February with a glitchy launch, using uncredited Mastodon source code. For the next several months, the app struggled to get approved on Google Play, as Google reportedly found numerous posts that violated the Play Store’s content policies. Internally, Truth Social’s parent company is the Trump Media and Technology Group struggle to finish a proposed merger that will be made public through SPAC.

As of September, data from SensorTower shows that approximately 3.7 million users had downloaded the Truth Social app.

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