Early results from a poll that Elon Musk is conducting on Twitter to determine whether or not he should reintroduce former President Donald Trump to the social media network show that slightly more than half of participants have voted “yes.”
Musk tweeted “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” just a few minutes after the poll was posted at 7:47 p.m. on Friday evening. The literal translation of the statement from its original language, Latin, is “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” It was planned that the poll would be open for a whole day.
By the time the polls closed at one o’clock in the afternoon on Saturday, more than 12.5 million people had already cast their votes. Musk’s supporters who favored Trump’s reinstatement enjoyed a tiny advantage over those who opposed Trump, with a percentage of 52% to 48%.
In another tweet sent about 4 a.m. on Saturday, Musk boasted, “Trump poll receiving over 1 million votes per hour!”
Kyle Becker, CEO of Becker News and a former associate producer at Fox News, tweeted the following statement late on Friday night as it became clear that support for Trump had taken an early lead: “Dems are going to need to suspend the count so they can drag in some mail-in ballots.”
Musk published the poll just a few hours after delaying a decision on whether or not to get Trump back on Twitter while simultaneously announcing the lifting of prohibitions on three further suspended accounts.
On Friday, Musk tweeted that a decision on Trump had not yet been reached.
The business magnate did explain that the controversial author Jordan Peterson, the controversial comedian Kathy Griffin, and the satirical news website Babylon Bee have all been reinstated.
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After the brawl that took place in the Capitol on January 6, 2021, Donald Trump was banned from using mainstream Twitter.
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Musk, who paid $44 billion for Twitter, has long promised to reinstate Trump, who has been banned from the service since the US Capitol Riot of January 6, 2021. The riot took place in the United States Capitol.
Trump, on the other hand, has pledged to continue using Truth Social, the social media program that he established after being banned from mainstream sites in the aftermath of the violence in the Capitol.
According to reports, major companies who advertise on Twitter have vowed to break their links with the site in the event that Musk reinstates Trump.