The day-long poll was held on Elon Musk’s own Twitter feed. It ended on the night of Sunday Swedish time.
Over 15 million Twitter users participated, and nearly 52 percent of those voted to let former President Donald Trump back on Twitter.
Musk’s decision to subsequently allow Trump back onto Twitter comes just days after the former president himself confirmed that he is running for president in 2024 — despite an unexpectedly weak showing for many Trump-aligned Republicans in the Nov. 8 midterm elections.
Mixed response on Twitter
Among prominent Trump supporters on Twitter, the announcement is received positively.
“Anyone who thinks President Trump won’t win the 2024 primary is fooling themselves,” tweeted fellow congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene.
But the criticism is harsh from other quarters.
“All advertisers still funding Twitter should immediately pause all ads,” writes Derrick Johnson, head of the civil rights movement NAACP, in a comment after Musk’s decision.
Trump’s Twitter account was shut down a couple of days after the attack on Congress on January 6, 2021, when thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building in central Washington in an attempt to stop the formal decision to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election.
“With Trump back on Twitter, it’s high time to watch the January 6th hearings,” wrote Trump opponent and Republican Liz Cheney in a post on Twitter where she attached a link to a video from the hearings.
Millions of new followers in a few hours
Trump’s Twitter account, when it was reopened, had just over 59,000 posts left, the latest from January 8, 2021. But all the followers were gone. However, it only took a couple of hours to reach 1.7 million followers.
It is not yet clear whether Trump, who at the time of his suspension had 88 million followers on the platform, will start tweeting again.
Trump has previously said he doesn’t want to come back to Twitter, even if he was allowed to. He has instead communicated via his own, much smaller platform, Truth Social, which he launched after being banned from Twitter.
When Donald Trump on Saturday spoke via link at a meeting with Republicans in Las Vegas, he said he was aware that Musk’s vote was underway, according to the Bloomberg news agency.
– I hear we have a big vote to also come back to Twitter. But I don’t think so, because I see no reason to, Trump said.
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