Trump suspends Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account – World
Donald Trump said on Saturday he had no interest in returning to Twitter even as a slim majority voted to reinstate the former US president, who has been banned from the social media service for inciting violence. The ban was imposed, according to a survey conducted by new owner Elon Musk.
Just over 15 million Twitter users voted in favor of the restoration, with 51.8 percent voting in the poll.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Musk tweeted.
Trump’s Twitter account, which had more than 88 million followers before it was banned on January 8, 2021, began gathering followers and by 10 p.m. on Saturday night had nearly 100,000 followers. Some users reported being unable to follow the account that was initially restored on Saturday evening.
Trump appeared less enthusiastic than earlier in the day.
“I don’t see any reason to,” the former president said via video when asked if he planned to return to Twitter during a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting.
He said he would stick with his new platform, Truth Social, developed by his Trump Media and Technology Group (TMTG) startup, which he said was better than Twitter. The user is engaged and doing “exceptionally well”.
Twitter did not respond to a request for comment. Trump, who on Tuesday launched a bid to retake the White House in 2024, praised Musk and said he had always liked him. But Trump also said that Twitter faced bots, fake accounts and the problems it faced were “unbelievable”.
After the Musk poll, Trump’s Twitter account reappeared.
Musk first said in May that he planned to reverse the ban on Trump, and the timing of any reversal by Trump has been closely watched — and feared — by many Twitter advertisers. .
The billionaire has since tried to reassure consumers and advertisers that such a decision would be made with consideration by a content moderation council made up of people with “widely diverse viewpoints” and the council’s Account will not be restored before being called.
He also said that Twitter will not reinstate any banned users unless there is a “clear process to do so”.
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But this week, Musk reinstated comedian Kathy Griffin, who was banned for changing her profile name to “Elon Musk” in violation of their new rules against impersonation. , without indicating that it was a parody account. No new information has been revealed about the process or the moderation council.
No reason to return.
A no-show on Trump’s part could ease the fears of big advertisers, who are already worried about Musk’s drastic Twitter makeover.
It has cut the workforce in half and severely cut the company’s trust and safety team, which is responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation and harmful content.
Those actions and Musk’s tweeting have prompted major companies to block advertising on the site as they monitor how the platform handles hate speech.
On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter may lay off more employees in its sales and partnerships division, citing unnamed sources, days after a mass resignation of engineers.
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If Trump returns to Twitter, the move would raise questions about his commitment to Truth Social, which launched on Apple’s App Store in February and Google’s Play Store in October. Trump has about 4.57 million followers on Truth Social.
Truth Social has been Trump’s primary means of direct communication with his followers since he began posting regularly on the app in May. He has used Truth Social to promote his allies, criticize opponents and defend his reputation amid legal scrutiny from state, congressional and federal investigators.
His deal with the company, however, opens the door for Trump to engage more broadly on other platforms. Trump is obligated to give TruthSocial six hours of exclusivity on any post — but he’s free to post “political messaging, political fundraising or get-out-the-vote efforts” on any site, at any time, the SEC said in May. According to the filing of .