Musk reopens the doors of Twitter to Donald Trump: “The people have spoken”

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Elon Musk’s landing at the Twitter offices at the end of October, sink in arms and among rumors of staff cuts and tweets that proclaimed a new era of freedom on the platform, generated almost more unknowns than certainties. Unknowns about how it would affect the network’s editorial policy, unknowns about Blue Twitter verifications, unknowns about how it would affect the workforce, and unknowns about what would happen to the accounts that had been suspended before he took over the company. Not surprisingly, it was speculated, Musk himself has taken it upon himself to project himself as a “free speech absolutist”.

Most of these unknowns have been cleared up or, at least, outlined over the last few weeks. However, one of the biggest and certainly thorniest remained: And the suspended accounts? On Saturday, the tycoon took a first step by announcing the restoration of three profiles that had been frozen in recent months: those of the comedian Kathie Griffin, the controversial writer Jordan Peterson and the satirical and conservative publication ‘The Babylon Bee’ , the last two for the comments they had made about trans people.

The question of doubts remained, perhaps not the most important for the platform’s dynamics, but certainly one of the ones that generated the most expectations and with an almost symbolic value in the company’s editorial policy: What would happen to Donald Trump’s accountsuspended in January 2021 after the assault on the US Capitol and at the risk of “incitement to violence”?

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei”

Until now Musk had dodged that hot potato. Until now. In the last hours the new owner of Twitter launched a survey from his own profile with a very direct premise: “Reinstate former President Trump”. On the table he put only two options: yes or no. The consultation ended up receiving 15,085,458 votes, a volume of participation that has surprised Musk himself, and the answer, although disputed, is clear: the yes, in the lead from the beginning, prevailed with 51.8% of support. .

Conclusion? Musk has reinstated Trump on Twitter.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, Musk tweeted in the last hours, thus justifying the psao —unlike what happened with Kathie Griffin or J. Peterson— in a direct decision of the users. Over the last few hours, the businessman himself had been in charge of shelling out information to reinforce the validity of the query. In one of his last messages, he explained, for example, that although he received 15.08 million votes, the survey had been seen by 134 million people, which would be equivalent to a considerable percentage of active user base from the platform. “Twitter is ALIVE”, I was typing shortly after Musk.

One of the big questions that the survey leaves is whether it was affected by bots and, if so, to what extent and in what sense have they influenced. Hours after launching the query, the businessman assured that he had registered “attacks” of this type of account. “It’s impressive to see it,” slipped.

In the network you can already see the account of the former Republican president, @realDonaldTrump, with a growing number of followers: if they numbered 9.4 million early on Sunday, shortly before 1:00 p.m. (GMT+1). It was already around 52.2. The last message is from January 8, 2021. That same day, still far from “the Musk era”, Twitter launched a statement with his arguments for suspending the profile: “After a careful review of recent tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context surrounding them, specifically how they are received and interpreted on and off Twitter, we have permanently suspended the account due to at the risk of further incitement to violence“.

At the end of October Elon Musk had announced the creation of “a content moderation council” that would integrate “very diverse points of view” and to which, he assured, he would listen before adopting relevant decisions, such as the recovery of profiles. His new step supports it, however, in the results of a survey launched from your personal profile Twitter.

The measure is in tune in any case with the messages that the businessman has been reeling off in recent months, even before taking over the reins of Twitter. In May, shortly after announcing his plans to buy Twitter, Musk I had already insured be willing to “reverse the ban” and in recent weeks has left reflections like the one he shared shortly after landing at the company’s offices with the daughter of Jordan Peterson: “Anyone suspended for minor and dubious reasons will be released from Twitter jail.”

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Nor has Trump remained silent.

I’m very happy That Twitter is now in good hands and is no longer run by lunatics and maniacs from the radical left who really hate our country.” pointed out the republican leader By the end of october. The question remains as to what his reaction will be now that Twitter has reinstated him

The former president now has his own platform, Truth Social, with which he would have committed to have preferential treatment, and has already shown his plans to stay in it. The platform belongs to Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), a company of which Trump is president and founder. With the election results Still very recent mid-term in the US, Twitter nevertheless offers a much higher speaker than Truth Social.

The context is as or more relevant than the decision itself: Trump sees his visibility on Twitter unlocked just a few days later to announce his presidential candidacy by 2024.

Hours before the poll closes, with provisional results still on the table, Trump made it clear that he is not enthusiastic about returning to Twitter. “I have heard that there is a big vote to return to Twitter. I don’t see it because I don’t see any reason for it.” explained in Las Vegas: “I may get it, I may not get it”. What she has stressed in recent days is her commitment to Truth Social: “She has been very, very powerful, very, very strong, and I will stay there.”

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Elon Musk’s landing at the Twitter offices at the end of October, sink in arms and among rumors of staff…

Elon Musk’s landing at the Twitter offices at the end of October, sink in arms and among rumors of staff…

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