Elon Musk delighted as Twitter users vote on Trump’s reinstatement



Elon Musk expressed his excitement on Saturday as he watched votes pour in on a Twitter poll he published about Donald Trump’s reinstatement on the messaging platform.

“Rehire former President Trump,” the billionaire Twitter owner posted on Friday, with an option to vote either yes or no.

As of Saturday around 15:00 GMT, 52.3 percent out of nearly 11 million responses favored a return for the former president, who was ousted by a mob of his supporters for his role in last year’s attack on the US Capitol was banned from Twitter for the results of the 2020 election.

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Musk said the poll pulls a million responses in one way or another every hour.

“Fascinating to see the Twitter Trump poll!” Musk said in the latest spate of tweets from the dogged new owner of the one-to-many messaging platform on Saturday morning.

There was no indication that the mercurial boss of Space-X and Tesla would stand by the results of the ad hoc poll.

But on Friday, Musk also posted a Latin proverb suggesting the decision would be up to Twitter users: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).

He has conducted similar polls in the past, asking his followers last year if he should sell shares in his electric car company Tesla. According to this survey, he sold more than $1 billion in shares.

Trump, who enjoyed using Twitter as a mouthpiece, was followed by more than 88 million users.

He said he will not return to the popular platform but will remain on his own network, Truth Social, which was launched after his Twitter ban.

Musk, also CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has come under fire for radical changes at the California-based company he bought for $44 billion less than a month ago.

He has since laid off half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, scrapped a work-from-home policy and imposed overtime, while his attempts to overtake the company have faced backlash and delays.

Its stumbling attempts to overhaul user verification with a controversial subscription service spawned a slew of fake accounts and pranks, prompting major advertisers to pull away from the platform.

On Friday, Musk appeared to be moving forward with his plans to restore previously suspended accounts, including that of comedian Kathy Griffin, which was shut down after she impersonated him on the site.

The company’s offices closed Friday and hundreds of employees quit rather than give in to Musk’s demands to put up with long, grueling days at the new Twitter.

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