Elon Musk expressed excitement on Saturday when he watched the votes pour in on a Twitter poll he posted about whether he would bring Donald Trump back to the messaging platform.
The billionaire posted on Twitter Friday, “Bring back ex-President Trump,” with a chance to vote yes or no.
As of 1500 GMT on Saturday, 52.3 percent of the nearly 11 million responses were in favor of the return of the former president, who was banned from Twitter for his role in last year’s attack on the US Capitol by a mob of his followers seeking a coup. 2020 election results.
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Musk said the survey was attracting one million responses one way or another per hour.
“Great to see Trump’s Twitter Poll!” Musk said Saturday morning in the latest flurry of tweets from the one-to-one messaging platform’s new owner.
There was no indication that the mercurial head of Space-X and Tesla would abide by the results of the ad hoc poll.
But on Friday, Musk also posted a Latin saying indicating that the decision is up to Twitter users: “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).
He has conducted similar polls in the past, and last year asked his followers if he should sell shares in his electric car company Tesla. After this survey, he sold more than $1 billion in stocks.
Trump, who has taken a liking to using Twitter as a mouthpiece, has been followed by more than 88 million users.
He said he would not return to the popular platform but would instead stay on his own network, Truth Social, which was launched after he was banned from Twitter.
Musk, who is also the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, has come under fire for drastic changes to the California-based company, which he bought less than a month ago for $44 billion.
Since then, he’s fired half of Twitter’s 7,500 employees, scrapped its work-from-home policy and imposed long hours, all while his attempts to reform the company met backlash and delays.
Its fumbling attempts to renew user verification through a controversial subscription service has led to a slew of fake accounts and pranks, and prompted major advertisers to turn away from the platform.
On Friday, Musk appeared to press his plans and reinstate previously banned accounts, including those of comedian Kathy Griffin, which were deleted after she impersonated him on the site.
The company’s offices were closed on Friday and hundreds of employees quit rather than bow to Musk’s demands that they resign themselves to working long, grueling days at the new Twitter.