With Elon Musk now on Twitter's board of directors, supporters of Donald Trump have reignited their campaign for the social media platform's ban on the former president to be lifted.
The billionaire's position as a staunch free-speech advocate has caused many to call on him to reinstate the accounts of some who have been banned from Twitter, including former president Donald Trump.
Elon Musk has repeatedly expressed displeasure with the state of discourse in today's society, namely on social media. On Tuesday, Elon Musk was appointed to Twitter's board of directors after purchasing a 9.2 percent stake in the company.
"Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square," Musk tweeted, "failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy."
These sentiments have been echoed by countless others, as one person after another is banned from the platform for violating its terms of service.
When Musk shocked the internet and acquired a large stake in Twitter, many called on him to turn his words into action and work to un-ban certain users.
Perhaps the most prominent person no longer allowed to tweet is Trump, who was banned in 2021 following the January 6 Capitol building riot.
The fact that a sitting president could be kicked off Twitter caused even those who did not support Trump to wonder if perhaps the social media giant had too much power.
Now, more than a year after Trump's ban was put in place, those hoping to have him re-instated have renewed sense of hope. One video depicting Trump's hypothetical return to Twitter has been viewed over a million times.
In response to these calls, Twitter sent a statement to the Daily Mail on Tuesday, saying Musk's appointment to the Board would not have any immediate impact on decisions regarding bans, though they did not rule out a future reinstatement.
"Twitter is committed to impartiality in the development and enforcement of its policies and rules," they said. "Our policy decisions are not determined by the Board or shareholders, and we have no plans to reverse any policy decisions. As always our Board plays an important advisory and feedback role across the entirety of our service. Our day to day operations and decisions are made by Twitter management and employees."
Human Events Daily host Jack Posobiec also encourages Trump supporters to use the Orange emoji, in a similar fashion to earlier this year where the social media platform was flooded with the fruit to mark one year of Trump being banned from Twitter.
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