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Elon Musk launches a Twitter survey about reactivating Trump’s account.

The question of whether former US president Donald Trump should be permitted to return to the platform was put to voters in a poll that was started by Twitter owner Elon Musk on Friday.

Musk urged people to “reinstate former President Trump” in a post that at the time of writing received more than 4.4 million impressions.

44 percent of users chose “no,” while more than 55 percent agreed.

The American billionaire had earlier hinted that he was considering whether to restore Trump’s Twitter account.

Musk tweeted that three prominent accounts that were banned by the social media giant had been reinstated, adding, “Trump decision has not yet been made.”

Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson, and Babylon Bee have all been given their jobs back, according to Musk.

When Twitter permanently suspended the former US president’s account in January 2021 due to his involvement in the incident at the US Capitol on January 6 and the possibility of further bloodshed, Trump had roughly 88.8 million followers.

When he termed the expulsion “morally wrong and flat-out dumb” in May, Musk had predicted a Trump comeback.

Musk has promised to update Twitter’s policies, which he laid out on Friday, since becoming the company’s new CEO.

Musk said, “New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.” “Hateful or negative tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, meaning Twitter won’t get any ads or other income from them. Like the rest of the Internet, you won’t find the tweet until you look for it specifically.”

Early in November, Griffin was banned from Twitter for mimicking Musk after she changed the name of her account to “Elon Musk” and used his image as her profile photo.

According to The Babylon Bee, Twitter blocked its account in March because of the way the website had characterized a trans woman working for the Biden administration.

The tweet constituted “hateful behavior,” which was against the law, according to Twitter at the time.

Peterson was also put on leave due to a post that denigrated transgender people.

Musk did not explicitly rule out the reinstatement of banned conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was ordered to pay USD1.5 billion in damages for defamation in the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. The new Twitter CEO has not yet made a decision regarding Trump’s return.

Musk had one word to say in response to a question on Twitter about whether he would reinstate Jones’ account: “No.”

Trump’s return was a “near-certainty,” according to Yoel Roth, the former head of trust and safety at Twitter, who wrote about it in a New York Times piece on Friday.

Roth stated that by designating himself as “Chief Twit,” Musk had made it apparent that he would ultimately be in charge.

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