Will Elon Musk let Donald Trump back on Twitter? All signs point to yes

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Elon Musk hit $44 billion deal buy the world’s most powerful political mouthpiece. So will Musk allow former President Donald Trump to return to Twitter?

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Musk didn’t say if he would reinstate trump. Twitter forever banned trump after the Capitol riot on January 6, citing “the risk of further incitement to violence”.

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Trump, a likely 2024 presidential candidate, said on Monday that he won’t be back on twitter even in new possession. Instead, he will formally join his TRUE Social Apphe told Fox News.

Trump has posted one post on TRUTH Social so far.

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“President Trump is committed to TRUTH Social and will be communicating on the platform very soon,” his USA TODAY press office said in a statement.

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A week ago in an interview with Americano Media, Trump said he won’t be back because “Twitter has gotten really boring.”

“They got rid of a lot of good Twitter voices, a lot of their conservative voices,” he said at the time.

However, once Musk takes control of Twitter, observers are betting that he will restore Trump’s account.

“Trump has an incentive to be humble right now because his parallel venture will be worthless if he returns to Twitter. Musk has every reason to be humble right now to present this as much as possible as a simple change of ownership,” said Emerson Brooking, permanent senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab.

Musk is a libertarian and self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” who has made it clear that he favors more unbridled expression on Twitter.

He is also wary of constant suspensions and is sympathetic to conservative claims of censorship.

Once Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk takes control of Twitter, observers are betting that he will restore former President Donald Trump's account.

“It is very important that there is an inclusive arena for free speech,” Musk said in an interview this month at the TED conference. “Twitter has become sort of a de facto town square, so it’s very important that people have both the reality and the notion that they can speak freely within the law.”

In a statement Monday, Musk reiterated that “freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy.”

“Twitter is a digital city square where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed,” Musk said.

Musk also has strong financial motives to lure back Trump, who is just the kind of mega-personality that drives engagement on the platform.

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“Musk makes electric cars and rockets, but he actually got rich by getting attention and influencing him. He understands how to do it, and I think that his closest peer is Donald Trump,” Brooking said.

Fueling Trump’s return speculation is the belief that, even under current leadership, Twitter could be forced to lift the ban if Trump becomes the Republican nominee in 2024. The company’s chief financial officer, Ned Segal, said last year that Trump will not be allowed on Twitter again even if he runs for president and wins in 2024.

Former President Donald Trump, the likely 2024 GOP presidential nominee, said Monday he won't be returning to Twitter even with Elon Musk's new ownership.

For his part, Trump may find it hard to resist the siren song of the huge platform he once used to send unfiltered messages to nearly 89 million subscribers and the world at large.

Trump received no buzz from the rallies and press statements he received from news outlets amplifying his tweets, said Brian Monahan, a professor of sociology at Baldwin Wallace University who studied Trump’s behavior on Twitter.

“Twitter provides a certain amount of storytelling control or influence that it can’t have in other forums, including its own new app,” Monahan said.

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