The Twitter account of former US President Donald Trump has been restored on the platform.
The account, which was banned by Twitter following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, came after Twitter Chief Executive Elon Musk tweeted a poll on Friday night asking the platform’s users whether they should reinstate Trump. was restored.
“People have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” Twitter’s new owner, Elon Musk, tweeted Saturday night. “Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
The final poll on Saturday night showed 51.8 percent in favor and 48.2 percent against. The vote included 15 million ballots.
The much-anticipated decision by a new owner sets the stage for the former president to return to the social media platform, where he was once the most influential user, despite controversy, with nearly 90 million followers and tweets often pushing markets, sets the news cycle and drives the agenda in Washington.
Trump has previously said he would continue to use his platform, Truth Social, rather than rejoin Twitter, but his change of approach could have major political implications. The former president announced this month that he will seek the Republican presidential nomination in 2024, aiming to become just the second commander-in-chief ever to be elected to two non-consecutive terms.