Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he had no interest in returning to Twitter, despite the fact that a narrow majority of voters in a poll conducted by Twitter's new owner Elon Musk supported his reinstatement after he was suspended for inciting violence.
51.8% of the little more than 15 million Twitter users who participated in the poll chose to reinstate."The conversation is over. Trump will regain his position, "Tweeted by Musk.Prior to his ban on January 8, 2021, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter. On Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, he had nearly 100K followers. On Saturday night, some users first reported being unable to follow the restored account.Trump had earlier in the day seemed less than enthusiastic.When asked by a panel at the annual leadership meeting of the Republican Jewish Coalition whether he intended to return to Twitter, the former president responded via video, "I don't see any reason for it."
He declared he would stick with his new platform Truth Social, an app created by his startup Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which he said was performing "phenomenally well" and had higher user engagement than Twitter.Trump, who on Tuesday announced his intention to run again for president in 2024, praised Musk and declared that he had always been a fan. Trump added that Twitter's issues were "incredible" and that it was plagued by bots and fake accounts.Many of Twitter's advertisers were anxiously awaiting any return by Trump when Musk first declared in May that he intended to lift the ban.Since then, the billionaire has worked to reassure customers and sponsors that such a choice would be carefully considered by a content moderation council made up of individuals with "widely diverse viewpoints" and that no account reinstatements would take place before the council met.
Additionally, he stated that until there was a "clear process for doing so," Twitter would not restore any banned users.Musk, however, reinstated comedian Kathy Griffin this week after she had been suspended for violating his new policy against impersonation by changing her profile name to "Elon Musk" without making it clear that it was a parody account.Regarding the procedure of the moderation council, nothing has changed.
Major advertisers, who are already alarmed by Musk's radical restructuring of Twitter, might be less worried if Trump chooses not to attend.The company's trust and safety team, which is in charge of halting the spread of hazardous content and misinformation, has been drastically reduced, along with the personnel, by half.Major businesses have stopped running ads on the website as they examine how the platform handles hate speech as a result of these steps and Musk's tweets.
Just days after a wave of engineer resignations, Bloomberg reported on Saturday that Twitter may remove further staff members in its sales and partnership departments.Trump's commitment to Truth Social, which went live on the Apple App Store and Google Play Store in February and October, would be called into question if he decided to return to Twitter. On Truth Social, Trump has about 4.57 million fans.Since he started posting frequently on the app in May, Truth Social has served as Trump's primary method of direct communication with his supporters. During legal investigation by state, congressional, and federal investigators, he has used Truth Social to support allies, denounce adversaries, and defend his reputation.
However, his relationship with the corporation gives Trump the opportunity to actively participate on other platforms. According to a May SEC filing, Trump is required to grant Truth Social a six-hour exclusive on each post, but is free to post "political message, political fundraising, or get-out-the-vote operations" on any website, at any time.
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