Musk ends Trump’s Twitter ban

Musk ends Trump's Twitter ban
Musk ends Trump's Twitter ban

After a permanent ban was placed on the Twitter account of the former president Donald Trump in January 2021, his account has now been reinstated.

There was a poll posted by Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, on Friday asking whether Trump should be allowed back onto the platform. The number of votes cast for the reinstating of Trump on Twitter was just over 15 million, with 51.8% in favor of doing so.

Approximately 237.8 million monetizable daily active users are estimated to have been using Twitter on a daily basis as of July 2022, when Twitter released its last quarterly earnings report before it went private. Musk’s impromptu poll on Saturday ended with very few users taking part, but his account was no longer banned on Sunday when Musk’s impromptu poll ended with so few participants.

There has been a voice of the people. There will be a re-instatement of Donald Trump. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, quoting a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people, the voice of God,” even though its origin is in Europe.

Meanwhile, the former president announced on Monday that he will run again for the nation’s highest office in 2024, which would be the third time he has done so.

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It is noteworthy that Trump’s controversial ban was issued days after the riots of January 6 on the U.S. Capitol, during which insurrectionists violently attempted to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election on the basis of their own political views.

Twitter has permanently suspended the @realDonaldTrump account due to the risk of further incitement of violence. After examining the recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account,” the company said in a blog post from January 2021.

After taking over Twitter mere weeks ago and reversing suspensions of two high-profile accounts that were deplatformed due to their purposely misgendering transgender people, Elon Musk has already reverted suspensions on two high-profile accounts: conservative satire publication The Babylon Bee and Jordan Peterson. Kathy Griffin, a comedian who had impersonated Musk on Twitter, was also reversed from her ban after Musk reversed it and suspended her.

In the past, Musk had voiced his support for overturning the permanent ban on the former president when he initially announced his intention to take over Twitter. It has become customary for Musk to use his own Twitter account to announce updates to the platform policy now that he owns the company.

In yesterday’s tweet Musk said that the new Twitter policy allows freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach, before he started his poll about Trump’s account. “We will max deboost & demonetize negative and hateful tweets to prevent them from generating ads or revenue for Twitter.”.

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Since Musk has already been back and forth on the implementation of new features during his tenure at Twitter, it is challenging to take his word as the end-all-be-all when it comes to how the platform will deal with content moderation for the duration of his tenure. Nevertheless, Musk is undoubtedly setting a precedent for his leadership at Twitter by allowing the results of a spontaneous day-long poll to dictate the course of complex decisions concerning the moderation of content on Twitter.

Even so, it remains to be seen whether or not the ex-president will indeed return to Twitter after three years. Trump has since launched his own social media platform called Truth Social in the wake of being deplatformed from mainstream social networks such as Twitter, YouTube and Facebook. Trump actively uses Truth Social, and this is one of the things that makes it one of the main selling points of Truth Social.

Vote positively, but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere, so don’t worry, feel free to vote now with positivity. I think Truth Social is very special!” In his post this evening on Truth Social, Musk referred to the tweet poll he posted on his Twitter account earlier today.

Musk ends Trump’s Twitter ban

Truth Social made its debut on iOS in February, and it suffered from a glitchy launch due to the fact that it used uncredited source code from Mastodon. Over the course of the next few months, the app struggled to get approved by Google Play, since the company found numerous posts that violated the Play Store’s content policies, resulting in it being rejected. The Trump Media and Technology Group, the parent company of Truth Social, has been having problems completing the proposed merger to allow the company to go public through a stock purchase agreement.

The Truth Social app had been downloaded by about 3.7 million users as of September, according to data provided by SensorTower.


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