Musk’s Twitter poll shows slim majority for Trump’s re-nomination


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dated: 2022-11-20 00:26:08 .

By Sheila Dang and Helen Coster

(Reuters) – Donald Trump said on Saturday he had no interest in returning to Twitter, even as a narrow majority in a poll conducted by New voted to reinstate the former U.S. president, who has been accused of inciting violence on social media. The media service’s owner is excluded Elon Musk.

With less than 40 minutes to go until the end of the poll, approximately 14.8 million Twitter users voted in the poll, and 51.8% voted to reinstate.

“I don’t see any reason to,” the former president said via video when asked by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting if he planned to return to Twitter.

He said he would stick with his new platform, Truth Social, an app developed by his startup Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which he says has better user engagement than Twitter and is doing “phenomenally well.”

Twitter did not respond to a request for comment.

Trump, who on Tuesday filed a bid to retake the White House in 2024, praised Musk and said he had always liked him. But Trump also said Twitter was suffering from bots and fake accounts and that the problems it was facing were “unbelievable”.

Musk first said in May that he planned to overturn Trump’s ban, and the timing of Trump’s comeback has been closely watched — and feared — by many Twitter advertisers.

The billionaire has since tried to reassure users and advertisers that such a decision will be made by a content moderation panel made up of people with “very different viewpoints” and that account recovery will not happen until the panel is convened.

He also said that Twitter will not reinstate banned users until there is a “clear process for doing so.”

But this week, Musk re-hired comedian Kathy Griffin, who was banned for changing her profile name to “Elon Musk,” in violation of his new anti-impersonation rule, without specifying that the account was fake. There was no new information about the process or the moderation council.


Trump’s no-show could ease the concerns of big advertisers already rattled by Musk’s drastic transformation of Twitter.

It cut the workforce in half and severely reduced the company’s trust and security team responsible for preventing the spread of misinformation and harmful content.

These actions and Musk’s tweets prompted major companies to stop advertising on the site as they monitor how the platform handles hate speech.

On Saturday, Bloomberg reported that Twitter could lay off more employees in its sales and partnerships divisions, just days after a massive layoff of engineers, citing unnamed sources.

If Trump were to return to Twitter, he would raise questions about his involvement with Truth Social, which launched on Apple’s App Store in February and Google’s Play Store in October. Trump has approximately 4.57 million followers on Truth Social.

Truth Social has been Trump’s primary source of direct communication with his supporters since he began posting regularly on the app in May. He used Truth Social to promote his allies, criticize opponents and defend his reputation amid legal scrutiny from state, congressional and federal investigators.

However, his contract with the company opens the door for Trump to engage heavily on other platforms. Trump must give Truth Social six hours exclusively for each post — but is free to post “political messages, political fundraising or polling efforts” anywhere at any time, according to a May SEC filing.

(Reporting by Sheila Dang and Helen Coster; Additional reporting by Jim Oliphant; Writing by Shankar Ramakrishnan; Editing by Kenneth Li and Daniel Wallis)


Musk’s Twitter poll shows slim majority for Trump’s re-nomination

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