(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 14, 2019, Tesla CEO Elon Musk speaks during the unveiling of the new Tesla Model Y in Hawthorne, California. - Employee departures multiplied at Twitter on November 17, 2022, after an ultimatum from new owner Elon Musk, who demanded staff choose between being "extremely hardcore" and working long hours, or losing their jobs. "I may be #exceptional, but gosh darn it, I'm just not #hardcore," tweeted one former employee, Andrea Horst, whose LinkedIn profile still reads "Supply Chain & Capacity Management (Survivor) @Twitter." (Photo by Frederic J. BROWN / AFP) (Photo by FREDERIC J. BROWN/AFP via Getty Images)

SCIENCE & TECH: Trump to be reinstated on Twitter after Elon Musk posts poll

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Former President Trump will be reinstated on Twitter, Elon Musk said in a tweet Saturday night.

Trump, 76, was banned from the social media platform after the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection.

On Friday, Musk posted a 24-hour Twitter poll asking users to decide if the controversial Trump, who recently announced a new run for the White House, should be reinstated on the embattled platform.

Elon Musk posted a 24-hour poll asking users if he should reinstate Trump.
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In the end, more than 15 million people voted, with those choosing to reinstate Trump taking 51.8% of the vote to 48.2% who said no.

“The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk wrote just after 8 p.m.

The Latin phrase means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Just before he launched his Twitter poll concerning the fate of Trump’s presence on the platform, Musk announced the reinstatement of satirical news site the Babylon Bee, controversial author Jordan Peterson and firebrand comedian Kathy Griffin. 

Musk spent $44 billion to purchase Twitter, which has been in turmoil ever since his reign began on Nov. 3.

Former President Donald Trump arrives to speak at an event at Mar-a-Lago, Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. Earlier in the day Attorney General Merrick Garland named a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into the presence of classified documents at Trump's Florida estate and aspects of a separate probe involving the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection and efforts to undo the 2020 election. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)
The equally embattled Trump announced his third White House bid earlier this week.
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He immediately laid off thousands of workers, and hundreds more have quit in the weeks since.

By Thursday, so many employees had left the app it began to slow down, prompting fears it could shutter altogether.

The hashtags #RIPTwitter and #GoodbyeTwitter had begun to trend, but Twitter was still functioning as of Saturday, when Musk bragged at how popular the Trump poll was.  

“134M people have seen this poll,” he tweeted.





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