On Saturday evening, Elon Musk announced that he will be reactivating former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said in a Tweet. On Friday, Musk asked his followers if they thought the former president should be reinstated. The social media platform suspended Trump’s account in January 2021 following the January 6th attack on the Capitol.
A subset of a subset of a subset of a subset have “spoken”. There are flaws with your ‘sampling’ regardless of size. You should stick to being an investor. You are very poor at being a manager, someone who develops visions, &/or an ‘engineer’. … https://t.co/4bjr9aFKyw— … 🇪🇺🏳️🌈 #WearAMask #GetVaccinated (@BrexitIsTwaddle) November 20, 2022
This news follows Trump’s recent announcement of his presidential bid for 2024. Musk’s most recent decision to welcome back a high-profile, but significantly controversial figure to the social media platform is one of the many consequences of his $44 billion takeover last month. Since then, not only has there been a dramatic decrease in workforce and revenue, but numerous companies have stopped advertising altogether.
Donald Trump, who announced his re-election campaign Tuesday, has said he would not return to the social media platform Twitter even if invited. However, his Truth Social app- which has a reach much more limited in scope- didn’t get the same reaction from users. Although The Apprentice star has 4.56 million followers on Truth Social, it pales in comparison to the 88 million he had on Twitter.
On Friday, Musk created a poll on Twitter asking users if he should “reinstate former President Trump” before lifting the ban. It is unclear how many verified users or bots were in the 15 million participants that weighed in on the poll. After the poll, Musk announced that Trump would be reinstated on the platform. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted. It’s a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Donald Trump claims he’s never coming back to Twitter
On Saturday, Trump released a statement in response to the poll numbers and the possibility of being reinstated. “Vote now with positivity, but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere,” Trump wrote. “Truth Social is special!”
At the Republican Jewish Coalition’s leadership meeting, he said that Elon Musk is a likable figure. However, he sees no reason to return to Twitter. “They have a lot of problems at Twitter,” Trump explained. “You see what’s going on. It may make it, it may not make it, but the problems are incredible.”
Outrage among conservatives boiled over when Facebook and other social media platforms de-platformed Trump and others on the political right. Critics made accusations of censorship and liberal biases. Since Musk took over the company last month, he has brought back other well-known figures and companies. These include right-wing Canadian podcaster Jordan Peterson, the far-right satire website The Babylon Bee, and comedian Kathy Griffin.
Twitter was Trump’s favorite social media platform, and it could play a key role in his 2024 campaign to regain the presidency. Particularly now that Twitter is having issues getting its most dedicated users to stay active, Musk has a lot of money riding on Trump’s return. Trump is exactly the type of massive personality that gets people using the platform more. Meanwhile, Facebook will decide in January whether to lift Trump’s suspension.