| 2 December 2023, Saturday |

Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account

Donald Trump declared on Saturday that he had no interest in returning to Twitter, despite the fact that a slim majority of voters in a poll conducted by Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk supported his reinstatement after he was banned for inciting violence.

51.8% of the little more than 15 million Twitter users who participated in the poll chose to support reinstatement.

“The conversation is over. Trump will regain his position, “Tweeted by Musk.

Trump’s Twitter account, which had over 88 million followers before he was banned on Jan. 8, 2021, began accumulating followers and had nearly 100,000 followers by 10pm ET Saturday. Some users initially reported being unable to follow the reinstated account on Saturday evening.

Trump had appeared less than keen earlier in the day.

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

Trump, who on Tuesday launched a bid to regain the White House in 2024, praised Musk and said he had always liked him. But Trump also said Twitter suffered from bots, fake accounts and that the problems it faced were “incredible”.

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 committee made up of individuals with “widely different opinions” and that no account reinstatements would take place before the council met.

Additionally, he stated that unless there was a “clear method for doing so,” Twitter would not restore any banned users. View More

Musk, though, reinstated comedian Kathy Griffin last 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. There is no fresh information on the moderation council or the process.

  • Reuters