SpaceX founder Elon Musk looks on after being recognized by former President Donald Trump at NASA’s Vehicle Assembly Building. Photo: Paul Hennessy/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images
Elon Musk dropped a 24 hours survey on his own Twitter feed Friday night asking whether or not to reinstate former President Trump on the social media platform.
Why is this important: Since taking over the company, there has been a lot of interest in whether or not Musk would allow Trump to return to Twitter after an absence of nearly two years.
Details: Musk new twitter poll had a simple “yes” or “no” vote on whether to reinstate former President Trump.
- Musk responded to his own tweet on Friday evening by saying, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” – which is a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
- On Saturday morning, the total vote was approaching 11.6 million votes with around 52% in favor of reinstatement and 48% against.
- Musk said the poll was getting 1 million votes per hour.
Friday, Musk said Twitter would minimize “hateful” or “negative” tweets and had reinstated some accounts, such as Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson and The Babylon Bee.
- A decision on Trump, he said at the time, had not been made.
The context: Musk has already used informal polls to gain favor with plans he planned to implement anyway, writes Axios’ Hope King.
backtrack: Trump was suspended in response to the “risk of further incitement to violence,” the company said at the time, according to Axios. The decision came after a pro-Trump crowd stormed the US capital to block certification of President Biden’s victory.
- When Musk took over Twitter in October, Trump said the social media platform was now in good hands.”
- In April, Trump told Fox News he would not return to Twitter and would continue to use his own platform, Truth Social.
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