Twitter CEO Elon Musk hasn’t been able to find lucrative results following his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform, but he may have just found his solution: Donald Trump.
The new Twitter boss took to the platform on Friday night and asked his supporters if the former US president should be allowed to return to Twitter after he was banned.
Trump was previously banned from Twitter immediately after the riot on January 6, 2021[ads1] at the US Capitol building for allegedly inciting the violence or for fear that he might use the platform in such a way.
As for the poll, the response was overwhelming.
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Musk posted the poll just before 7 p.m., and within hours it had received millions of responses.
Eight hours later, responses were still pouring in at an average of one million per hour, Musk tweeted.
And most of the 8.4 million people polled (as of early Saturday morning) agreed that Trump, once a dominant presence on the platform, should be allowed to return.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk added in a subsequent tweet, a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Musk said he has reinstated several accounts, including the satirical account Babylon Bee, but that his decision on Trump “hasn’t been made yet.”
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Musk has faced near-constant criticism since taking over the platform, as he has fired most of the top management and staff, overhauled the platform’s subscription and verification system, and announced a series of changes to moderation.
In another tweet on Friday, Musk assured that he is navigating Twitter to prioritize “free speech, but not reach.”
“Negative/hate tweets will be maximally deboosted and demonetized, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter,” he wrote. “You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from [the] The rest of [the] Internet.”
“What should Twitter do next?” Musk openly asked, a tweet that received nearly 300,000 replies.
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As for the platform, Musk claims that Twitter continues to “hit another all-time high” in usage.
Musk has 116.8 million followers on the platform.