Elon Musk happy as Twitter users vote to reinstate Trump

“Exciting to track Trump’s Twitter poll!” Elon Musk tweeted

Elon Musk expressed excitement on Saturday as he watched votes fall in a Twitter poll he has posted on whether Donald Trump should be readmitted to the messaging platform.

“Reinstate former President Trump,” the billionaire Twitter owner tweeted on Friday, with the opportunity to vote yes or no.

At about 15:00 GMT on Saturday, 52.3 percent of the nearly 11 million responses were in favor of the return of the former president, who was banned from Twitter for his role in last year’s attack on the US Capitol by a mob of his followers who they were trying to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

Musk said the poll was drawing a million responses one way or another per hour.

“Exciting to track Trump’s Twitter poll!” Musk said Saturday morning in the latest burst of tweets from the new owner of the one-to-many messaging platform.

There was no indication that the mercurial boss of Space-X and Tesla would abide by the results of the ad hoc poll.

But on Friday, Musk also posted a Latin saying suggesting the decision would be up to Twitter users: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).

He has taken similar polls in the past, asking his followers last year whether he should sell shares in his electric car company Tesla. After that poll, he sold more than $1 billion in shares.

Trump, who enjoyed using Twitter as a mouthpiece, was followed by more than 88 million users.

He has said he will not return to the popular platform, but will remain on his own network, Truth Social, which he started after he was banned from Twitter.

Musk, also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has come under fire for sweeping changes at the California-based company, which he bought less than a month ago for $44 billion.

Since then, he has fired half of Twitter’s 7,500 staff, scrapped its work-from-home policy and imposed long hours, all while his efforts to revamp the company have faced backlash and delays.

Its unexpected efforts to improve user verification with a controversial subscription service led to a flurry of fake accounts and hoaxes and prompted major advertisers to pull away from the platform.

On Friday, Musk appeared to be pushing his plans and brought back previously banned accounts, including comedian Kathy Griffin, who had been removed after impersonating him on the site.

The company’s offices were closed on Friday and hundreds of employees quit rather than give in to Musk’s demands that they quit to work long, grueling days at the new Twitter.

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