Trump officially back on Twitter after nearly 2-year ban thanks to Elon Musk user poll

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New York Post

Donald Trump is officially back on Twitter after Elon Musk said in a tweet Saturday night that the former president was going to be reinstated.

Trump, 76, was banned from the social media platform after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

On Friday, Musk posted a 24-hour Twitter poll asking users to decide if the controversial Trump, who recently announced a new run for the White House, should be reinstated on the embattled platform.

In the end, more than 15 million people voted, with those choosing to reinstate Trump taking 51.8% of the vote to 48.2% who said no.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote just after 8 p.m.

The Latin phrase means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

While the poll was still open, Trump posted on his Truth Social account claiming he wouldn’t be quickly returning to Twitter.

“Vote now with positivity, but don’t worry, we aren’t going anywhere. Truth Social is special!” he said, sharing a screenshot of Musk’s Twitter poll.

Trump has an agreement with Truth Social to keep his posts exclusive on the platform for eight hours before he can share elsewhere, the Washington Post reported. There are exceptions to the deal that say he can make posts about political messaging, fundraising or voting efforts, the newspaper stated.

As of 10:30 p.m. Saturday, Trump, who was a frequent — and controversial — tweeter before his ban, has yet to make a comment on the embattled Twitter platform.

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California. - Employee departures multiplied at Twitter on November 17, 2022, after an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk, who demanded staff choose between being "extremely hardcore" and working long hours, or losing their jobs. "I may be #exceptional, but gosh darn it, I'm just not #hardcore," tweeted one former employee, Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still reads "Supply Chain & Capacity Management (Survivor) @Twitter." (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)
Elon Musk posted a 24-hour poll asking users if he should reinstate Trump.

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On his last tweet, which is from Jan. 8, 2021, he wrote, “To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th.”

Just before he launched his Twitter poll concerning the fate of Trump’s presence on the platform, Musk announced the reinstatement of satirical news site the Babylon Bee, controversial author Jordan Peterson and firebrand comedian Kathy Griffin. 

Musk spent $44 billion to purchase Twitter, …


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