Elon Musk has restored the former American president Donald Trump’s official Twitter account. Based on the findings of his own Twitter survey, Musk defended his choice. Just days after Trump said he would run for president again in 2024, the @realDonaldTrump account and its tweets are once again completely accessible.
Soon after he took over the social network, Musk said that he wouldn’t allow any banned accounts to be reinstated until the business had established and had meetings of a content monitoring committee with “widely different opinions“. Musk tweeted these words after the vote ended: “The conversation is over. Vox Populi, Vox Dei: Trump will be re-elected.” Vox Populi, Vox Dei is a Latin expression that roughly translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of god,” for those who are unaware.
The people have spoken.
Trump will be reinstated.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei. https://t.co/jmkhFuyfkv
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 20, 2022
By a narrow 52–48 margin, the “Yes” answers prevailed. Musk himself claimed that bots were attacking the poll, however it is unclear how many of them wery bots. Musk notoriously tried to back out of the Twitter agreement by asserting that up to 20% of Twitter accounts were fraudulent, and he previously said that bots were to blame for the results of his contentious poll on Russia and Ukraine.
Despite receiving only over 15 million replies, Musk claims that over 134 million people watched the poll. That would imply that just around 11% of viewers selected one of the buttons. If Musk truly made the choice based on the survey or whether he had already made up his mind, we will likely never know.
After playing a part in encouraging the January 6th Capitol assaults, former President Trump was prohibited from using Twitter starting on January 8th, 2021, due to the risk of further incitement of violence. At the time, Twitter claimed that Trump’s posts violated its policies against the celebration of violence. Visitors to his Twitter profile were not able to see his tweets from that point until today evening due to a “account suspended” notification.
Musk added that Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin, and The Babylon Bee will all be brought back, although he made no mention of the establishment of the aforementioned content management committee. Along with the decision to reinstall Trump this evening, Musk made no mention of a content moderation committee. He said that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements would happen until that council convenes,” although it is unclear what happened to that commitment.
Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints.
No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Elon Musk’s moves as the CEO of Twitter have drawn criticism and the moniker “incomplete.”His clumsy efforts to modernise user authentication with a contentious subscription service resulted in a flood of false accounts and practical jokes, which forced big advertisers to leave the site. These choices have hurt Twitter as well as Elon’s reputation.