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Elon Musk reinstates former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account after a poll went in his favor


The day since Elon Musk took over Twitter has been a roller coaster ride. But the most interesting twist in the story has just taken its turn. The suspended Twitter account of the former United States President Donald Trump has been reinstated by Elon Musk.

The previous management of Twitter had decided to block Donald Trump’s account during the 2020 Capitol riots. The account was since suspended as Twitter leadership stood firm on its actions. This suspension was led by the then Twitter legal affairs chief Vijaya Gadde who was also fired by Musk and received a ~$35M package for it.

On Friday, Elon Musk who has chosen the title of Chief Twit at his newly-acquired social media company Twitter started a poll on the platform asking people if Donald Trump’s account should be reinstated.


In a follow-up tweet on this poll, Musk wrote “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which is a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God”. So the majority has cast its vote in favor of Donald Trump.

According to one of Musk’s latest tweets, this Twitter-Trump poll has been viewed by 134 million people. The poll received more than 15 million votes (15,085,458) out of which 51.8% were in favor of the reinstatement of President Trump’s Twitter account and 48.2% were against it.

However, according to the background information shared by Elon Musk, the poll was attacked by bot & troll armies and he has some useful data now to fix similar issues in the future.

At one point, the Twitter-Trump poll was getting ~1M votes per hour (source: Elon Musk).
Meme video showing the load on Twitter servers from the traffic generated by Trump’s Twitter poll and the FIFA World Cup 2022.

At the time of this writing, it has been more than 5 hours since the poll results have been announced and the Twitter account of the 45th President of the United States Donald J. Trump has been reinstated but Trump hasn’t tweeted yet.

When Donald Trump’s account was restored, it was not showing many followers. Elon Musk said that Twitter engineers are working to solve the issue. I checked it 1 hour ago, and the account was showing 9.1M followers, but now the count has risen to 25.1M, this data will be restored in a few hours I guess.

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Elon Musk reinstates former president Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Credit: Stable Diffusion / Iqtidar Ali, Library of Congress.

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By Iqtidar Ali

Iqtidar has been writing about Tesla, Elon Musk, and EVs for more than 3 years on, many of his articles have been republished on CleanTechnica and InsideEVs, maintains a healthy relationship with the Tesla community across the Social Media sphere. You can reach him on Twitter @IqtidarAlii

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