Should Donald Trump return to Twitter? Elon Musk wants to know what you think

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  • The poll started late Friday and was open 24 hours.
  • Initial results showed that around 60 percent voted yes.
  • Donald Trump’s account was suspended after last year’s attack on the US Capitol.
Elon Musk has launched a Twitter poll asking his followers to vote on whether to put former US President Donald Trump’s account back on the platform. Initial results show that around 60 percent agree.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” tweeted Mr Musk, a Latin phrase roughly meaning “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”

The poll started late Friday and was open 24 hours.

Mr Musk, the new owner of Twitter, said in May he would reverse the Twitter ban on Mr Trump, whose account was suspended after last year’s attack on the US Capitol.
Mr Musk previously said a decision to bring Mr Trump’s account back was yet to be made and Twitter had restored some controversial accounts that had been banned or banned, including satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.
Mr Musk’s decision to seek advice from Twitter users on who should be on the platform is part of a broader corporate restructuring, including massive layoffs.

In a memo Friday to the remaining employees, Mr. Musk asked those writing software code to report to Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters on the 10th floor by early afternoon.

The billionaire said in a follow-up email, “If possible, I’d appreciate it if you could fly to SF to attend in person,” adding he would be in the office by midnight and returning on Saturday morning.
He asked employees to email him a summary of what their software code had “achieved” over the past six months, “along with up to 10 screenshots of the most noticeable lines of code.”
“There will be short, technical interviews that will allow me to better understand Twitter’s tech stack,” Musk wrote.

The emails came a day after hundreds of employees were estimated to have decided to leave the ailing company after Mr Musk set a deadline on Thursday for employees to log in for “long hours of high intensity”.

The exodus adds to the change and chaos that has marked Mr Musk’s first three weeks as Twitter owner.
He sacked top management, including former CEO Parag Agarwal, and senior officials in charge of security and privacy, and placed them under scrutiny by a regulator.
A White House official also chimed in, saying Twitter should let Americans know how the company protects their data.

Tech website Platformer reported Friday that Robin Wheeler, the company’s chief ad sales manager, had been fired.

According to two sources, Twitter told employees on Thursday that it would be closing its offices and restricting access to ID cards through Monday.
Another source said the company plans to shut down one of Twitter’s three main US data centers near Sacramento to cut costs.
In his first email to Twitter employees this month, Mr Musk warned that Twitter may not be able to “survive the upcoming economic downturn”.

Amid the changes, Moody’s withdrew its B1 credit rating for Twitter, saying it had insufficient information to maintain the rating.

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