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Elon Musk polls users on whether Donald Trump should be allowed to return to Twitter, millions swiftly respond


Twitter CEO Elon Musk has failed to find lucrative results following his $44 billion purchase of the social media platform, but he may have just found his solution: Donald Trump.

The new twitter The boss took to the platform Friday night and asked his supporters if the former US president could return to Twitter after being banned.

Trump was previously banned from Twitter immediately after the January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol building for allegedly inciting violence or fearing he could use the platform in such a way.

A photo from Donald Trump's Truth Social account

The Truth Social website on a laptop set up in the Brooklyn borough of New York, USA, on Friday, November 18, 2022. (Gabby Jones/Bloomberg via Getty Images/Getty Images)

As for the poll, the response was overwhelming.

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Musk posted the poll shortly before 7 p.m. and millions of responses had come in within hours.

Eight hours later, comments were still pouring in at an average of a million an hour, Musk tweeted.

And most of the 8.4 million polled (as of early Saturday morning) agreed that Trump, who once had a dominant presence on the platform, should be allowed to return.

A photo from Elon Musk's Twitter feed

In this photo illustration, Elon Musk’s Twitter account can be seen on a smartphone screen and the Twitter logo in the background. (Pavlo Gonchar/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk added in a subsequent tweet, a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

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Musk said he has restored several accounts, including the satirical account Babylonian bee, but that his decision on Trump “has not yet been made”.

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Musk has faced almost constant criticism since taking over the platform, as he has fired most of his senior leadership and staff, revised the platform’s subscription and verification system, and announced a number of moderation changes.

In another tweet on Friday, Musk assured that he was navigating Twitter to prioritize “freedom of speech, but not freedom of speech.”

Elon Musk is holding a sink

Tesla chief Elon Musk shows off wearing a sink as he enters Twitter headquarters in San Francisco on Oct. 26, 2022. (Elon Musk/AFP via Getty Images/Getty Images)

“Negative/hate tweets are deboosted and demonetized to the max, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter,” he wrote. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically look for it, which is no different [the] rest of [the] web.”

“What should Twitter do now?” Musk asked openly, sending a tweet that received nearly 300,000 responses.

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As for the platform, Musk claims that Twitter is “another all-time high” in usage.

Musk has 116.8 million followers on the platform.

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