Former US President Donald Trump does not “see a reasonto return to Twitter even after CEO Elon Musk reinstated his account, he said Saturday. Trump already has millions of followers on his own network, Truth Social.
The comments came via livestream video during the Republican Jewish Coalition’s leadership meeting. Twitter has “lots of problems”, the ex-president remarked, noting that “it can make it, it can’t make it.”
However, Trump said he liked Musk buying the company. “He’s a character and I tend to like characters. But he’s smart.”
He insisted that his new platform, Truth Social, is doing wellphenomenally good”, and has previously vowed to stay on the site, where he has nearly 5 million followers, though that is far less than the 86 million he had on Twitter. Shareholders of the company that wants to take Truth Social public will vote next week on the potential $1.3 billion IPO.
Musk brought @realDonaldTrump back from digital death on Saturday after 51.8% of his followers responded positively to a poll asking whether the former president should be reinstated. “The people have spoken”, the Tesla tycoon tweeted, adding a Latin phrase that “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The billionaire revealed last week that Twitter’s new content policy “freedom of speech, but not freedom of speech”, explains that “negative/hate tweets are deboosted and demonetized to the max, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter. You will only find the tweet if you specifically search for it.”
While Trump is contractually obligated to give Truth Social six hours of exclusive time on his social media posts, he is allowed to post”political coverage, political fundraising, or attempts to win votesanywhere, anytime, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year.
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Trump has previously said he wouldn’t be back on Twitter even if his account was revived. He was kicked off the platform — along with Facebook, Instagram, and most other social media outlets — last year after the U.S. Capitol riot on January 6, for allegedly inciting violence by encouraging his supporters to protest the certification of the 2020 election results. His most recent tweet remains a Jan. 8 post stating that he will not be attending President Joe Biden’s inauguration.
Trump officially announced his candidacy for the 2024 election last week. If elected, he would be only the second president in history to serve two non-consecutive terms.