Donald Trump was banned from using Twitter in January 2021

After conducting a poll in which the decision was narrowly supported by users, Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk announced that Donald Trump’s account had been restored.

Tweeting that 51.8% of Twitter’s 15 million+ users had voted to lift the ban, Elon Musk declared that “the people have spoken.”

The former US president, however, might not take the stage again after earlier declaring: “I don’t see any reason for it.”

The potential for inciting violence led to the suspension of his account in 2021.

Just a few days after Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in Washington, DC, on January 6, Twitter’s previous management took action.

As the US Congress attempted to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election, hundreds of rioters stormed the complex. Four civilians and a police officer died in the ensuing violence.

Following the riots, Donald Trump’s tens of millions of followers on Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube accounts were also suspended.

A few months later, he introduced Truth Social, his own social media website.

The Republican declared earlier this week that he would run for president of the United States once more in 2024.

The most wealthy man in the world, Mr. Musk, acquired control of Twitter in October for $44 billion (£37 billion).

In response to worries that he might relax Twitter’s rules against hate speech and disinformation, he immediately started a series of radical changes within the massive social media company.

In response to queries about whether he would restore Mr. Trump’s account just over a week before the US midterm elections on November 8, he tweeted: “If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!”

He informed the staff earlier this week that the company’s office buildings would be temporarily closed, effective right away.

The announcement comes as there are reports that many employees were leaving after Elon Musk told them to commit to “long hours at high intensity” or quit.

Will Trump take his megaphone back?

Even though his official position is that he doesn’t want to return to Twitter, Donald Trump knew this poll was important.

On Truth Social, he urged his followers to participate in the poll. “Vote positively now, but don’t be alarmed—we’re not going anywhere. Reality Social is unique “he declared.

It’s a strange assertion. Why would Mr. Trump encourage his supporters to vote if he has no plans to run again?

Truth Social has fewer users than Twitter, which contributes to Mr. Trump’s predicament. Only 92,000 people, according to app analysts Sensor Tower, downloaded Truth Social in September. Over the same time period, nearly 15 million people downloaded Twitter.

Mr. Trump would adore getting his loudspeaker back. His preferred app was Twitter, which he used to mobilize support and control the news cycle.

Although he would have a much wider audience on Twitter, he has a financial stake in the success of Truth Social. The Trump Media & Technology Group owns the app, so it’s unlikely that Truth Social would survive if Trump returned to Twitter.

That helps to explain why Donald Trump hasn’t clamoured to return to Twitter just yet.

However, in the long run, he will need to balance political and financial considerations, and he may decide to run for president once more.


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