“Restore former President Trump”: Elon Musk starts Twitter poll

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Musk said the poll somehow turned up a million responses an hour.

San Francisco:

Elon Musk expressed excitement on Saturday as he watched the votes pour in on a Twitter poll he posted about whether or not Donald Trump should be allowed back on the messaging platform.

“Restore former President Trump,” the billionaire Twitter owner posted Friday, with the chance to vote yes or no.

At about 1500 GMT on Saturday, 52.3 percent of the nearly 11 million comments were in favor of a return from the former president, who was banned from Twitter for his role in last year’s attack on the Capitol by a mob of his followers who attempted to to overthrow the city. the results of the 2020 elections.

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Musk said the poll somehow turned up a million responses an hour.

“Fascinating to watch Twitter Trump poll!” Musk said Saturday morning in the latest blast of tweets from the hard-hitting 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 to Twitter users would be: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).

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

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

He has said he won’t be returning to the popular platform, instead staying on his own network, Truth Social, launched after being banned from Twitter.

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

Since then, he laid off half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, scrapped a work-from-home policy and imposed long hours, while his efforts to overhaul the company have met with backlash and delays.

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His faltering attempts to revive user authentication with a controversial subscription service led to a slew of fake accounts and pranks, and led major advertisers to abandon the platform.

On Friday, Musk appeared to be going ahead with his plans, reinstating previously banned accounts, including that of comedian Kathy Griffin, who was removed after she impersonated him on the site.

The company’s offices were locked down on Friday and hundreds of employees resigned rather than give in to Musk’s demands that they resign themselves to working long, grueling days on the new Twitter.

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