Elon Musk lifted Donald Trump’s Twitter ban on Saturday following a poll on whether the controversial former President of the United States should be reinstated on the platform.
“The people have spoken,” Musk posted to Twitter after his poll concluded there were 51.8 percent ‘yes’ responses. “Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” .
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
The poll had attracted overwhelming response with votes pouring in at a rate of one million votes per hour.
More than 8.4 million people had responded within hours. According to Musk, over 134 million users saw the poll.
Twitter’s ban on former President Trump
Twitter banned Donald Trump from its platform on January 8, 2021, stating that two of his tweets violated their policies, and cited “the risk of further incitement of violence.” The unprecedented move came after the Capitol riot on January 6th.
The former US President unsuccessfully asked a Florida court in October of the same year to mandate that Twitter restore his social media account.
In the meantime, Trump had already created and launched his own new social media platform, Truth Social, in July 2021, but it is yet to be approved for distribution on Google Play Store more than a year later, reportedly due to insufficient content filtering.
Musk reinstating famous banned users
However, Donald Trump is not the first celebrity to be reinstated by Musk.
The new owner and CEO of Twitter had reinstated the accounts of Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson, and The Babylon Bee in recent days.
Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated.
Trump decision has not yet been made.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Griffin, who was suspended in early November for impersonating Musk in satirical posts, responded to the invitation on Instagram, misspelling Musk’s first name in response to his misspelling of hers: “Dear Eilon. You f**ked up, fool. I’m going downstairs to my basement of heads. You’re up. Xxoo, The Beheader.”
Following her ban, Griffin had reportedly taken over the Twitter account of her late mother, Maggie, and has continued to troll Musk, according to Deadline.
Clinical psychologist and author Peterson, who was banned last summer for deadnaming trans actor Elliot Page, has pinned a post stating, “I’m back. Thanks @ElonMusk.”
The satirical website, The Babylon Bee, banned in March after a tweet about U.S. Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine, wrote: “We’re back. Let that sink in” while their old tweet about Levine remains on their page.