Elon Musk, the new CEO of Twitter, published a poll on the site on Friday asking users if they thought former president Trump’s account should be reinstated, The Hill reported.
Following the Jan. 6, 2021 riot, Twitter banned indefinitely Trump’s account because of tweets he had made that the company found to be in violation of its policy against celebrating or encouraging violence. But Musk, who finished buying the business last month, has expressed reluctance to uphold Trump’s suspension and a general distaste for lifelong bans.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei, which translates from Latin as “the voice of the people is the voice of God,” was what Musk responded to the poll, The Hill reported.
Earlier on Friday, he indicated that he had not yet made up his mind about whether to reinstate Trump’s profile.
Twitter’s guiding principle, according to Musk, would be “freedom of speech but not freedom of reach.” He said that hateful tweets would be “deboosted & demonetized,” but they would still be accessible to anybody who looked for them.
Trump declared last month that Twitter is now in “sane hands” after Musk bought the social media platform, but he did not make a firm commitment to using it again. Even if his suspension were removed, he already declared in April that he would not come back to Twitter.
As a rival to Twitter, he has marketed his social media network Truth Social.
The accounts of psychologist Jordan Peterson, whose profile was blocked for making a transphobic comment against actor Elliot Page, and comic Kathy Griffin, whose profile was banned for mocking Musk, were both reinstated, according to Musk’s announcement on Friday.