Musk’s Twitter poll on Trump hits 11 million votes – most want the ex-president back on the platform

Topline

A Twitter survey of Elon Musk asking users if he should reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account reached 11 million votes on Saturday morning, with a narrow majority in favor of Trump’s return, as Musk polls the masses ahead of the one of his most anticipated decisions.

Highlights

As of 10 a.m. ET, more than 11 million Twitter users had voted in Musk’s poll, with 52.3% in favor of returning Trump.

It’s unclear whether Musk will use the result to determine whether Trump’s account will be reinstated, but he tweeted a response to the poll saying, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice.” “. of God.”

There are less than 10 hours of voting left in the 24-hour survey period – voting closes at 7:47 p.m. EST.

Key context

Trump often tweeted dozens of times a day while he was president, but his account was banned shortly after his supporters staged their Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol “due to the risk of further incitement.” violence,” Twitter said at the time. Musk said in May that he planned to lift Trump’s “senseless” ban on Twitter once he took control of the company, but he still hasn’t done so after owning Twitter for a while. little more than three weeks. The platform’s content moderation policies have evolved since Musk took over and appear to be changing at the billionaire’s whim, much to the dismay of many companies who are now ditching Twitter ads. Musk on Friday lifted suspensions from several accounts, including that of comedian Kathy Griffin, although she said earlier this month that she had been permanently banned for impersonating him. Musk also claimed shortly after taking over Twitter that existing content moderation policies were still in place, but he appeared to set new standards on Friday, saying hate speech would be allowed but tweets containing hateful language would be allowed. would be “deboosted and demonetized”. Musk has pledged to allow all legally permitted speech on Twitter.

Contra

Musk has repeatedly refused calls to let conspiracy theorist Alex Jones back on the platform, tweeting “too bad” on Friday to a user who said he should be allowed back.

Tangent

Trump announced his 2024 presidential bid on Tuesday. Attorney General Merrick Garland on Friday appointed a special counsel to oversee two investigations involving Trump — one into his attempts to nullify the 2020 election and the other into classified documents recovered from Mar-A-Lago – since Trump officially became a political opponent of the president. Joe Biden.

Further reading

Musk says he would lift Twitter’s ‘senseless’ ban on Trump (Forbes)

Balenciaga Deletes Twitter After Musk Sale—Here Are the Others Rethinking Their Ties (Forbes)

‘Freedom of speech, but not freedom of access’: Musk reinstates Kathy Griffin and Jordan Peterson under new policy – but not Trump yet (Forbes)

Trump launches 2024 presidential bid (Forbes)

Attorney General Garland appoints special counsel to determine whether Trump faces charges (Forbes)

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