Billionaire Elon Musk, owner of Twitter, restored Donald Trump’s account on the social network on Saturday, after more than 15 million users (51.8% of the total) voted to reinstate the former American president’s account. Trump appreciated the consultation, but said he preferred to use the social network he created – Truth Social – as a platform to spread his ideas.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted, referring to the former president’s account, which was banned last year after his supporters occupied the Capitol, the seat of the US Legislature in Washington DC. Shortly after the post, Trump’s account resurfaced on Twitter.
The billionaire decided on Friday night (18) to initiate a consultation among social network users to vote on the reinstatement of the former American president. Users were given the right to vote yes or no, with the post “We are restoring former President Trump”. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (voice of the people, Latin is the voice of God), Musk added. The new owner of Twitter had reinstated several user accounts suspended in the name of freedom of expression.
Musk tweeted on Saturday “This query is fascinating to watch!” He celebrated the significance of the vote overnight—about a million per hour.
In a video footage from a meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition in Las Vegas, Trump said he welcomed Musk’s consultation and said he was a fan of the billionaire, but seemed to refute the possibility of returning to Twitter, which has more than 88 million followers. .
The ex-president said, “I like him, you know. He’s a character and I still love characters.” “He sent a query and it was fantastic … But I have something called Truth Social,” he added, referring to the social network he owns. “I don’t think so because I can’t see why,” he said on Twitter.
Mexican president votes in favor of return
Also this Saturday, Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador announced on Twitter that he had voted to reinstate the former American president’s account. “I voted in favor of allowing Trump to use Twitter. The Statue of Liberty should not be an empty symbol,” the Mexican president wrote on the social network.
Twitter suspended Trump on January 8, 2021, two days after his supporters stormed the Capitol, “at the risk of inciting further violence.” Musk then raised the possibility of the former Republican president returning to Twitter in May. However, this measure caused confusion in American society and politics, especially after Trump announced that he would run for the White House in 2024.
With information from AFP
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