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Trump Criticises Twitter Following Musk Announcing The Account Of The Former US President Is Active

Trump Criticises Twitter Following Musk Announcing The Account Of The Former US President Is Active
In a poll run by the new owner Elon Musk, Donald Trump said on Saturday that he had no interest in returning to Twitter, despite a slim majority of voters supporting his reinstatement after being banned for inciting violence.
51.8% of the slightly more than 15 million Twitter users who participated in the poll chose to support reinstatement.
"The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated," Musk tweeted.
Before he was suspended on January 8, 2021, Trump had more than 88 million followers on Twitter. On Saturday at 10 p.m. ET, he had nearly 100,000 followers. On Saturday night, some users initially reported being unable to follow the restored account.
Trump had earlier in the day seemed less than enthusiastic.
"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.
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.
An inquiry for comment from Twitter received no response.
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 after 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. View More
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. There is no new information regarding the moderation council or the process.
Trump's absence might allay the worries of significant advertisers, who are already alarmed by Musk's radical redesign of Twitter.
He has drastically reduced the trust and safety team, which is in charge of stopping the spread of harmful content and misinformation, and he has cut the workforce in half.
Major companies have suspended their advertising on the website while they monitor how the platform handles hate speech as a result of these actions and Musk's tweets.
Only days after an engineering-related mass resignation, Bloomberg reported on Saturday that Twitter may be forced to lay off additional staff members in its sales and partnership divisions.
If Trump joined Twitter again, it would cast doubt on his dedication to Truth Social, which debuted on Google Play in October and the Apple App Store in February. On Truth Social, Trump has 4.57 million followers.
Since he started posting frequently on the app in May, Trump's primary method of direct communication with his supporters has been Truth Social. In the face of legal scrutiny from state, congressional, and federal investigators, he has used Truth Social to support his allies, lambast adversaries, and defend his reputation.
However, his agreement with the company 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 any post, but is free to post "political messaging, political fundraising, or get-out-the-vote efforts" on any website, at any time.

Christopher J. Mitchell

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