Elon Musk has released a poll on Twitter asking users to vote on whether former US President Donald Trump, who was banned from the social media site by its previous owners, should be reinstated.
The Twitter boss accompanied it with the words: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” – a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Before you buy Twitter, Mister Moss he said he would reverse the platform’s “foolish” ban on Trump if he took over leadership of the firm.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts. I think it was not right to ban Donald Trump,” he said in May.
“I think it was a mistake because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t lead to Donald Trump being voiceless.”
Mr. Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter in January 2021 following his supporters’ attack on the United States Capitol which left several people dead.
The tech company said it made the decision after the Jan. 6 uprising “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Mr. Trump had more than 80 million followers on the platform at the time.
It comes as the billionaire Tesla owner asked the remaining Twitter employees writing the software code to report to his 10th-floor San Francisco office by 2 p.m. local time on Saturday, according to an email seen by the agency of Reuters press.
“If possible, I would appreciate it if you could fly to San Francisco to be there in person,” Musk said in the email, adding he would be at the company headquarters until midnight and return Saturday morning.
On Friday, hundreds of Twitter employees were estimated to have decided to leave the company following a Thursday deadline from Mr. Musk that employees either accept longer, more intense work patterns or resign.
The exodus adds to the rapid change and chaos that marked Musk’s first three weeks as owner of Twitter, during which the company’s headcount had already been more than halved by layoffs and other departures to about 3,700.
With so much Twitter manpower now gone, there is speculation that the site will crash during the World Cup, one of the site’s busiest traffic events.
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Social media expert Matt Navarra told the Palestinian Authority news agency that the chances of Twitter being taken offline have “increased sharply” in the past 24 hours due to the latest exodus.
He said he believes an imminent blackout is unlikely because some blockades prevent changes to the platform’s core code as Musk retools the company.
“There is a code freeze in place and Twitter is running on autopilot at the moment with its IT systems, and this is a strategic move by Elon Musk to protect the stability of the platform as he tries to figure out the next move,” said Navarra. .