Why did Elon Musk unban Donald Trump on Twitter?

Elon Musk unbanned Donald Trump from Twitter on November 20, 2022 (Image via Sportskeeda)
Elon Musk unbanned Donald Trump from Twitter on November 20, 2022 (Image via Sportskeeda)

On November 20, Twitter's new CEO Elon Musk went viral on the internet as he decided to unban former President of the United States, Donald Trump, on Twitter.

The decision came a day after Musk hosted a poll on the social media platform, asking users if he should unban Donald Trump from Twitter. More than 15 million community members voted, with 51.8% of them voting in favor of the decision.

According to Musk, the poll has been viewed by over 134 million people:

Earlier today, the Tesla CEO announced that Donald Trump would be unbanned, adding that people had voiced their thoughts on the decision. Musk stated:

"The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei."

Twitter community reacts as Elon Musk unbans Donald Trump

As expected, the announcement went viral, with over 79,000 Twitter community members joining the discussion thread and sharing their thoughts.

The CEO of Mega, Kim Dotcom, responded by pleading with Elon Musk to ensure that Donald Trump retains all of his followers after being unbanned from the social media platform. He stated:

Elon Musk replied by stating that Twitter engineers are working on the issue:

Legal Affairs editor Luke Zalenski dubbed Musk a "genius" for paying $44 billion to reinstate the former President of the United States. He went on to say:

YouTube icon Jimmy "MrBeast" also joined the reaction thread and shared his thoughts with a single popcorn emoji:

MicroStrategy founder Michael Saylor replied by claiming that Twitter was getting a "bit boring":

Twitter user @david_r_barrera shared a past tweet in which Elon Musk stated that there would be "no major content decisions or account reinstatements" while addressing Twitter's content moderation council:

Here are some more relevant community reactions:

Several hashtags began to trend after Elon Musk reinstated former US President Donald Trump's account. Some of them were along the lines of #DonaldTrump and #WelcomeBack.


For some context, Donald Trump's Twitter account was suspended last year after he encouraged a mob invasion of the United States Capitol.

At the time of writing, Trump's official Twitter handle @realDonaldTrump had been restored. The account has lost its previous following, and as of now, Trump's account has 934.1k followers:

Donald Trump's official Twitter handle was live as of November 20, 2022 (Image via Twitter)
Donald Trump's official Twitter handle was live as of November 20, 2022 (Image via Twitter)

In addition to Donald Trump, controversial internet personality Andrew Tate has also been unbanned from Twitter. After a five-year absence, the former professional kickboxer has resurfaced on the social media platform under the alias Andrew Tate (@Cobratate).

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Edited by Yash Singh
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