Twitter users voted to unlock banned accounts. That’s how Donald Trump got his account back.
Twitter owner Elon Musk has announced that he intends to reactivate accounts banned from the short message service in the coming week.
Previously, he had users vote on whether there should be a “general amnesty” for blocked accounts if they did not violate the law or spread spam messages.
A majority of the participating users spoke out in favor of reactivation. “The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week,” Musk wrote in a tweet.
Such surveys are not representative. It is unclear whether and how many votes were cast from automated accounts. According to the latest information, the service has more than 230 million daily active users. More than 3.1 million votes had been received by the close of the poll on Thursday evening. More than 72 percent of them supported the activation of blocked accounts.
Trump’s Twitter account reactivated
Musk announced in late October that a council on how to deal with controversial content would be formed before Twitter accounts could be reactivated. Last week, after a user survey, the tech billionaire had the account of former US President Donald Trump activated without a committee. Trump has been banned from Twitter since January 2021. On January 6, he expressed sympathy for his supporters who had stormed the seat of the US Parliament.
Musk bought Twitter for around $44 billion at the end of October. Since the takeover, the company has been struggling, among other things, with the reluctance of large advertising customers. Advertising revenue recently accounted for around 90 percent of revenue.