This was never a secret—we all knew Trump’s Twitter account was going to be reinstated as soon as Elon Musk took over. Well, it was confirmed a couple of days ago by Musk that the suspension of Donald Trump’s account on Twitter has been lifted.
The lifting of the suspension runs contrary to an earlier statement made by Musk where he affirmed that no decision on account reinstatements would be made until the company had put together a “content moderation council” to decide on such moves. The decision to reinstate the account however, was made after Musk threw it up to other users on the platform.
Signs of what he was up to became evident when the accounts of The Babylon Bee, Kathy Griffin and Jordan Peterson were all reinstated. Shortly after that, Musk then launched a Twitter Poll, asking for people’s views if he should reinstate that of the former President.
Though, the Poll was a pretty close one—51.8 for and 48.2 against, the decision to lift the suspension was of course, carried out.
For Trump, the waiting game continues as the former President has still not made any tweet. Perhaps, his focus is in getting his Truth Social app working.
How this influences Meta’s decision to do likewise with Trump’s Facebook account, remains to be known. In August, Meta declared that it has no plan to rush the review of the ban it handed out to Donald Trump in 2021.
The social media giant said the review will not be rushed even if the former president declares his candidature for the post of the president of the US.
Facebook said it will stick to its January timetable, and will not remove the ban until that time. Also, the social network giant said the recent FBI search of Trump’s residence in Florida will not affect its timeline.
It is being widely reported that Trump will announce his decision to run for president in 2024 before the midterms. “We’re going to stay on that timeline,” Nick Clegg, president of global affairs at Meta, Facebook’s parent company, said in an interview per Politico.
Facebook is already under pressure mostly from Republicans who feel that Trump is unfairly locked out of the platform used by millions of Americans. This, however, runs contrary to what the former president’s critics think—calling for a permanent ban of his account.