Former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated on the platform.
The account, which Twitter banned following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, was restored after Twitter CEO Elon Musk posted a poll on Twitter late Friday asking users on the platform if Trump should to be reinstated.
“The 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 results of Saturday night’s poll showed 51.8% for and 48.2% against. The poll included 15 million votes.
The new owner’s much-anticipated decision sets the stage for the former president’s return to the social media platform where he was previously its most influential, albeit controversial, user with nearly 90 million followers and tweets that often moved markets, set the news cycle and drove the agenda in Washington.
Trump has previously said he will stay on his platform, Truth Social, instead of joining Twitter, but a change in his 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 only the second commander-in-chief ever elected to two nonconsecutive terms.