Elon Musk is considering letting Trump return to Twitter

SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on after being recognized by US President Donald Trump at NASA's Vehicle Assembly Building

SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on after being recognized by former President Donald Trump at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images

Elon Musk dropped a 24-hour Poll on his own Twitter feed Friday night and asked whether or not he should reinstate former President Trump on the social media platform.

Why it’s important: Since taking over the company, there has been much interest in whether Musk would allow Trump to return to Twitter after a nearly two-year absence.

Details: Musk’s new Twitter poll had a simple “yes” or “no” vote on whether to reinstate former President Trump.

  • Musk responded to his own tweet Friday night, saying, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” — which is a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
  • By Saturday morning, the vote was approaching 11.6 million votes with roughly 52% in favor of reinstatement and 48% against.
  • Musk said the poll received 1 million votes per hour.

On Friday, Musk said that Twitter would emphasize “hate” or “negative” tweets and that he had restored some accounts, such as Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson and The Babylon Bee.

  • A decision on Trump, he said at the time, had not been made.

Context: Musk has previously used informal opinion polls to gain favor for plans he planned to carry out anyway, writes Axios’ Hope King.

Flashback: Trump was suspended in response to “the risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said at the time, according to Axios. The decision came after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US capital to stop the certification of President Biden’s victory.

  • When Musk took over Twitter in October, Trump said the social media platform was now in good hands.”
  • In April, Trump told Fox News that he would not return to Twitter and would continue to use his own platform, Truth Social.

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