The new head of the Blue Bird social network made this announcement after launching a survey among its subscribers.
“People have spoken. Trump will be reinstated“. So Donald Trump’s return to Twitter was announced this Saturday, November 19 by his new boss, Elon Musk, after the result of a survey launched among his subscribers. More than fifteen million responded and 51.8% said voted for the “Yeswhen the Republican politician returns to the platform.
A few minutes after Elon Musk’s message, Donald Trump’s account was visible again, the last tweet dated January 8, 2021. The number of subscribers was erratic, rising in less than two hours to 3 million before falling sharply. At 9 on Sunday, Paris time, the former American president had found 25 million subscribers. He has 4.57 million on Truth Social, the network he launched after being ousted from Twitter.
At the helm of the social network for three weeks, the multibillionaire owner of Tesla and SpaceX in particular had suggested at the launch of the poll on Friday evening that his result could influence a decision on whether or not the former head of state would return to Twitter since he had accompanied with the message “Vox Populi Vox dei(The voice of the people is the voice of God). In the name of free speech, Friday has already reinstated several other suspended user accounts.
Shortly after completing the $44 billion acquisition of the platform in late October, the leader had assured that no major decisions on content or account reactivation would be made without the intervention of a specific board. A gesture aimed, among other things, at reassuring advertisers, the group’s main source of income. He has not publicly indicated whether this council has been established.
Donald Trump stays on Truth Social
Twitter had banned Donald Trump on January 8, 2021, two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol, facing the “risk of further incitement to violence“. Considering that this sanction constituted “a morally wrong and senseless decision in the extreme“, Elon Musk hinted in May about a possible return of the former Republican president to the platform.
While many associations, authorities and advertisers fear that the contents are no longer sufficiently moderated on the social network, giving free rein to misinformation, harassment and other abuses, the entrepreneur was expected to take turns on the topic. “Betray our democracy“, reacted, on Twitter, the president of the civil rights organization NAACP Derrick Johnson, stating that Elon Musk subscribers”they don’t represent america“.
The reinstatement of Donald Trump’s account is expected to cause waves in American society and politics, especially as he has once again entered the race for the White House for 2024. As he cheers with Elon Musk, so does Twitter.”in good handsHowever, Donald Trump said in recent days that he would remain on his Truth Social, even if this platform offers him only a small sounding board compared to Twitter where he had more than 88 million subscribers.
During a video address Saturday at a Coalition of Republican Jewish rally in Las Vegas, the Republican candidate welcomed the initiative and Elon Musk. “I like. You know she’s a hell of a character and I like a hell of a character“. On Truth Social in fact, he had encouraged his subscribers to “vote positively» before adding: «But don’t worry, we’re not going anywhere. Social truth is special.»
A decision welcomed by his political allies
However, the decision to bring Donald Trump back to Twitter will probably create a little more turmoil within the company, already heavily shaken by its acquisition by Elon Musk. He made his mark by firing key group leaders on day one before embarking on a massive social plan.
However, the announcement of Donald Trump’s return on Twitter was welcomed by his political allies, especially in Congress. “Welcome back @realdonaldtrump!tweeted Republican Paul Gosar, a member of the House of Representatives. “Anyone who thinks President Trump won’t win the primaries in 2024 is kidding himselftweeted Marjorie Taylor Greene, another Republican lawmaker and ardent supporter of the former president.
Republican Liz Cheney, who has become Donald Trump’s sworn enemy, instead reacted to the news by referring her Twitter followers to a video showing one of the hearings held by the commission of inquiry launched after the Capitol bombing on January 6, 2021, which co-chairs. “With Trump back on Twitter, it’s a good time to watch the Jan. 6 hearing.“he tweeted. “It covers each of Trump’s tweets, including those that have been deleted, and shows several White House officials describing his unforgivable conduct during the violence.”, she added.