Elon Musk promises to reinstate Donald Trump on Twitter after poll

Elon Musk has confirmed he will reactivate former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account after voting on the decision.

The controversial poll started Saturday (AEDT) and saw about 52 percent yes votes after Musk claimed the poll got 1 million votes an hour.

“Fascinating to see the Twitter Trump poll!” Musk tweeted.

The billionaire followed with a Latin phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, roughly translated as “The voice of the people is the voice of God”.

Musk said in May he would consider lifting Trump’s indefinite Twitter ban after being suspended in January 2021 following the Washington DC riot.

After the poll ended, Musk tweeted, “People have spoken. Trump will be reinstated.”

The tech billionaire also claimed the survey was attacked by “bot and troll armies.”

“The bot attack is impressive to watch!” he said in a tweet.

“Armies of bots and trolls could soon run out of breath. Some interesting lessons to clean up future polls.”

The decision to unblock Trump’s account has created a major rift on Twitter.

Many users said they were “disgusted” by the decision, with some even vowing to leave the platform.

“Horror show… I’m out,” another person commented.

“Then I’ll be done with Twitter. More people voted against him as President. Do the math,” said another.

However, there were others who praised Musk for the move, thanking him for reinstating Trump and calling it a “good reputation.”

Republican Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene claimed it “should never have been banned in the first place.”

“Interesting that it took a poll to decide to reinstate him,” she said.

The controversial Republican also noted that her account is still suspended due to “Covid misinformation.”

“What is required to recover my account?” she asked Musk.

“Freedom of expression is important.”

Last week, Trump announced his third appearance at the White House, confirming rumors that he will run for president in 2024.

Trump filed papers with the Federal Elections Commission on Tuesday evening local time in Florida.

“Ladies and gentlemen, America’s comeback is beginning now,” he said to applause as he addressed the crowd at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.

“When I left office three years ago, our nation was at the pinnacle of power and prestige. I’m confident and so strong going into the future,” he said.

“Everyone was successful like never before.”

The poll comes after Musk lifted the permanent Twitter bans of comedian Kathy Griffin, author Jordan Peterson and conservative satirical news site Babylon Bee.

Peterson was suspended after misgendering actor Elliot Page and the Babylon Bee for misgendering a US Public Health Service Commissioned Corps admiral, Rachel Levine.

Kathy Griffin was banned on November 7 after changing her name to Elon Musk and impersonating a billionaire on the platform.

Musk’s latest move follows the decision by 1,200 Twitter employees to leave the platform after the Tesla founder fired four top executives and half of the company’s 7,500 employees.

Twitter’s new owner penned a memo on Friday to the remaining employees “who actually write software” to provide a bullet-point summary of “what your code commits have accomplished over the past six months.”

“Before you do so, please send me a bullet point summary of what your code commits have accomplished over the past 6 months,” the email read.

“These will be short, technical interviews that allow me to better understand Twitter’s tech stack.”

Musk said he would video call engineers working remotely, but “if possible, I would encourage you to fly to San Francisco to present in person.”

Zoe Schiffer, the editor-in-chief of Platformer who broke the news, said staff were asked to provide Mr Musk with 10 screenshots of their “most outstanding lines of code”.

Ms. Schiffer pointed out that many engineers have left Twitter since the acquisition.

As a result, there is less staff to keep the site up and running.

Mr Musk continued his theme of disapproving of employees working from home, saying he can video call engineers who are working remotely, but only for those “who can’t physically get to Twitter HQ” .

“If possible, I would encourage you to fly to San Francisco to present in person.”

Mr Musk said he would be in the office by midnight on Friday.

Last week, Mr Musk emailed the remaining staff saying that “Twitter 2.0” would be “extremely hardcore” and if they didn’t want to “work long hours at high intensity” they should indicate they were leaving wanted Thursday.

Employees had been instructed to click a link to declare that they agreed to the penalty terms he was setting for “Twitter 2.0.”

If they hadn’t clicked the link by Thursday, they would have effectively resigned and received three months’ severance pay.

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