Former US President Donald Trump does not “see any reasonto return to Twitter even after CEO Elon Musk reinstated his account, he said on Saturday. Trump already has millions of followers on his own network, Truth Social.
The remarks were made at the Republican Jewish Coalition leaders meeting via live video. Twitter has “a lot of problems“, noted the ex-president, observing that”it may do, it may not.”
However, Trump said he liked that Musk bought 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 “incredibly welland has previously vowed to stay on the site, where he has nearly 5 million followers, though that’s well below the 86 million he had on Twitter. Shareholders of the company seeking to take Truth Social public are expected to 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 favorably to a poll asking if the former president should be reinstated. “The people have spoken“, tweeted the Tesla mogul, adding a Latin phrase meaning”the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The billionaire revealed last week that Twitter’s new content policy would be “freedom of expression, but not freedom of access“, explaining that “negative/hateful tweets will be deboosted and demonetized to the max, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you search for it specifically.”
While Trump is contractually obligated to give Truth Social a six-hour exclusivity on his social media posts, he is allowed to post “political messages, political fundraising or efforts to get the voteanywhere and anytime, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission earlier this year.
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Trump has previously said he will not return to Twitter even if his account is revived. He was kicked off the platform – along with Facebook, Instagram and most other social media outlets – last year following the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot, for allegedly inciting violence by encouraging his followers to protest the certification of the 2020 election results. His most recent tweet remains a Jan. 8 post saying he would not attend 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.