With the Elon Musk era of Twitter off to a rather turbulent start, the eccentric billionaire is using just about every trick in the book to get the notoriously nonprofitable platform back in the black.
This includes the controversial decision to reinstate a number of formerly banned and suspended accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump.
Elon Musk reinstated the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump on Saturday night.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, which is a Latin phrase that means “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”
Trump’s account was reinstated after Musk posted an online poll Friday asking users on Twitter if he should unban the former president. Trump himself posted on his own social media platform, Truth Social, urging his supporters to vote for him in the poll, which he ultimately won.
The final result was 51.8% of users voting yes and 48.2% voting no.
But Trump wasn’t ready to get back to Twitter.
Trump said earlier Saturday that he would not return to Twitter if reinstated when asked about Musk’s recent poll about his banned account.
“Truth Social is through the roof, it’s doing phenomenally well,” Trump said of his own fledgling social media company. “And I’ll be staying there.”
Musk’s time at the helm of Twitter has been a wild ride, with a massive amount of the workforce leaving the company, many by choice, as the Tesla CEO begins to publicly worry about the company going bankrupt.