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dated: 2022-11-20 06:58:14 .
Elon Musk has confirmed that he will reactivate former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account following the decision vote.
The controversial poll launched on Saturday and saw about 52 percent of the vote in favor after Musk claimed the poll was getting a million votes an hour.
“Fascinating to see the Trump Twitter poll!” Musk tweeted.
The billionaire followed the Latin phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, roughly translated as “The voice of the people is the voice of God”.
Musk said in May that he would consider lifting Trump’s ban on Twitter indefinitely after it was suspended in January 2021 following the riots in Washington DC.
After the survey ended, Musk tweeted: “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated.”
The tech billionaire also claimed that research had been attacked by “armies of bots and trolls”.
“The bot attack is impressive to watch!” he said in a tweet.
“Armies of bots and trolls may soon run out of breath. Some interesting lessons for cleaning up future polls.”
The decision to unblock Trump’s account caused a big split on Twitter.
Many users said they were “disgusted” by the decision, with some even vowing to quit the platform.
Elon Musk is battling a celebrity exodus, backlash from advertisers and new scam Twitter accounts. Photo/NZME Montage, AP, Getty Images
“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 bringing Trump back and calling him “in good standing.”
Trump announced his third appearance at the White House last week, confirming rumors that he will run for president in 2024.
Trump filed the documents with the Federal Election Commission on Tuesday evening local time in Florida.
“Ladies and gentlemen, America’s comeback begins 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 height of power and prestige. We are going into the future, confident and so strong,” he said.
“Everyone was successful like never before.”
The poll comes after Musk lifted permanent Twitter bans on comedian Kathy Griffin, author Jordan Peterson and the conservative satirical news site Babylon Bee.
Peterson was suspended after he falsely misgendered actor Elliot Page and Babylon Bee due to the false gender of U.S. Public Health Service Admiral Rachel Levine.
Peterson announced that he agreed with lifting Trump’s ban, tweeting, “It’s the right decision.”
Kathy Griffin was banned on November 7 after she changed her name to Elon Musk and impersonated the 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 wrote a memo Friday to the remaining employees “who actually write the software” to provide a summary of “what your code has committed to accomplishing over the past six months.”
“Before doing so, please send me a summary listing what your code binding has accomplished in the past 6 months,” the email read.
“These will be short, technical interviews that will allow me to better understand Twitter’s technology stack.”
Musk said he will video call engineers who are working remotely, but “if possible, I would encourage you to fly to San Francisco to present in person.”
Zoe Schiffer, Platformer’s editor-in-chief who broke the news, said staff were asked to provide Mr Musk with 10 screenshots of their “most prominent lines of code”.
Schiffer noted that many engineers left Twitter after the acquisition.
As a result, there are fewer staff to keep the site up and running.
Mr. Musk continued his disapproval of employees working from home, saying he could video call remote engineers, but only for those “who can’t physically get to Twitter’s headquarters.”
“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 sent an email to remaining staff saying that “Twitter 2.0” would be “extremely hardcore” and that if they didn’t want to “work long, high-intensity hours” they should state they were leaving on Thursday.
Employees were instructed to click on a link to agree to the punitive terms he set for “Twitter 2.0.”
If they hadn’t clicked the link by Thursday, they would have effectively quit their job and received three months’ severance pay.
‘Never again appalled’: The world is up in arms over Musk’s decision on Donald Trump
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