After a debatably disappointing show at the mid-terms, Donald Trump finally had a good week. The former American President not only announced on Tuesday night that he was running for President again in 2024, and by the end of the week his Twitter account had also been reinstated.
Readers would recall that in wake of the January 6, 2021, storming of the Capitol, Trumps Twitter account had been suspended. However, Elon Musk ran a poll on his newly acquired social media platform asking if Trump’s account should be reinstated.
The final result was split with close to 52 percent voting in favor of the reinstatement and on Saturday Musk gave in to the people’s wishes.
The reinstatement drew sharp criticism from Democrats, liberals and activists.
Many even questioned the legitimacy of the Twitter poll.
Others chose to remind people of the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol.
Former President Trump’s Twitter profile has been reinstated. However, he has not Tweeted anything from the profile so far, choosing instead to stick to Truth Social, a social media platform preferred by his followers and many other conservative and right-wing groups.
However, Truth Social is only available to people in the United States, which means Trumps reach on the platform is unlikely to rival that on Twitter where he has over 87 million followers. Given how Trump needs to maximize his outreach during his Presidential campaign, perhaps relying on Truth Social alone might not be the best strategy.
Meanwhile, it is important to note that Trump also remains banned from Facebook, at least till January 2023. Meanwhile, CBS News reported that YouTube spokeswoman Ivy Choi said the company had no plans to lift the suspension.