Twitter banned former president Donald Trump’s Twitter account since the pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress was poised to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

However, Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump’s account on Twitter on Saturday, reversing the ban.

Musk made the announcement on Friday after holding a poll that asked Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be restored. The “yes” vote won, with 51.8%.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

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Shortly afterward Trump’s Twitter account, which had earlier appeared as suspended, reappeared on the platform complete with his former tweets, more than 59,000 of them. However, his followers were gone, at least initially. (AP News)

However, earlier this week Trump announces he will run for the house in 2024.

Mr. Musk, the world’s richest man, took control of Twitter in October in a $44bn (£37bn) deal.

He immediately embarked on a series of radical changes within the social media giant, amid concerns that he might loosen Twitter’s regulations on hate speech and misinformation.

With just over a week before the US midterm elections on 8 November, he responded to questions about whether he would reinstate Mr. Trump’s account by tweeting: “If I had a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would be minting money!” – (BBC)

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