“The People Have Spoken”
Elon Musk allows former President Donald Trump to return to Twitter
Following a survey of users on Twitter, the new owner of the short message service has decided: Elon Musk will allow former US President Donald Trump, who has been blocked on Twitter, to return to the platform. Minutes later, Trump’s account was restored.
He will probably soon be seen, read and heard on Twitter again: former US President Donald Trump.
“The people have spoken,” Twitter boss Elon Musk (51) wrote in the usual terse words on Sunday night on his short message service. “Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei”. The latter is Latin and literally means “The voice of the people is the voice of God”. Figurative meaning: “Public opinion has a lot of weight.”
A few minutes later Trump’s Twitter profile appeared. @realdonaldtrump online again. His former 80 million followers were reset to zero in subscriber count. Three hours after being unblocked, Trump has already passed the million follower mark.
51.8 percent in favor, 48.2 percent against
The decision follows a user survey conducted by Musk with 15 million participants. 51.8 percent voted to restore Trump’s Twitter account.
The Internet platform had Trump on January 8, 2021 lockedafter expressing sympathy for his supporters who stormed the Capitol in Washington two days earlier.
First, a first new tweet from Trump, who has just announced his 2024 presidential bid, was a long time coming. (kees)