Elon Musk’s Twitter poll suggests President Trump will return to the platform

Shield your eyes from this latest development on Twitter, especially if you’re into politics.

Elon Musk recently polled his Twitter followers asking if they think President Trump should be reinstated on the social media platform.

Here’s where they all are (you must vote to see the results):

Voting ends in just a few hours from now. By the way, a little disclosure: I voted to see the results, but I have no skin in the game. I maintain journalistic ethics in things like this where my personal opinions come into play and I constantly fight against it. However, I rolled the dice and clicked no just because I wanted to see the results. I used another account to vote yes for compensation.

I can see how both sides of this restoration debate have valid points.

At press time, the vote was clearly in favor of reinstatement (52% to 48%). To change the result, millions would have to vote “no” by tonight.

What amazes me is how many people participate.

At last count, it’s almost 12 million votes. That means there’s some good statistical accuracy — as one “voter” noted — because that’s a good portion of Musk’s total number of followers. I will post in my feed when the “winner” is announced.

I’ll leave it to you to decide whether this is related to Trump’s announcement of his 2024 candidacy. However, the poll reveals a lot about what’s going on in social media. Millions of people vote because they want to be heard. They also want to influence the results. We’re all trying to break through the wall of digital noise, get out of the muck and raise our hand to make sure we have a voice in how the world works.

Twitter really shines when this happens. Facebook and Instagram have no chance against Twitter when it comes to polls. Users who love to tweet are still hanging by a thread on the differentiators that make the platform worth using. Aside from polling, this list of unique features is starting to get paper thin, but I think Twitter has a better discovery engine for insightful comments and dialogue. In theory, it should provide unfiltered access to the opinions of experts and power brokers.

Some of the implications of the Trump poll? Musk himself noted how polls could become extremely useful on a large scale or even on a country-by-country basis. The real key here is that Twitter can reach a huge audience to gauge sentiment on issues, and that has always been the case. The downside is that there is absolutely no way to ensure the validity of the vote. It just gives you a rough guide to how people feel, with no responsibility to the polling system itself. (I’m not saying he does, but now that Musk is at the helm of Twitter, anything is possible.)

So far, most have voted to reinstate Trump, even though the former President has said he prefers to stay on his own Truth Social network. However, Trump has a paltry five million followers on his own app. I doubt he will rest for long knowing that millions are waiting for him on Twitter. He had about 90 million followers before his account was suspended. Twitter called it a “permanent” suspension at the time, though in tech we know nothing is permanent.

What makes me curious about this new poll is whether it will have any influence on bringing Musk back as the former CEO.

However, I doubt Trump will participate. Returning to Twitter means Trump will abandon the platform his company built for him.

We can all immediately recall how his ego would prevent this dramatic change, but many of us can also immediately recall some of his most infamous tweets.

I’ll be curious, once the voting is over, if anything changes. We’ll see.

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