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Twitter Responds To Calls for Reinstating Donald Trump’s Account

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Since it was announced that Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink CEO Elon Musk had acquired become the majority shareholder of Twitter people started calling for him to reinstate the account of former President Donald Trump.

Twitter has finally responded to the calls by nixing the idea, and acknowledging that its Board of Directors plays an important role but it does not make policy decisions.

“Twitter is committed to impartiality in the development and enforcement of its policies and rules,” it said to the Daily Mail.

“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,” it said.

The CEO of Twitter, Parag Agrawal, has made a massive announcement one day after Tesla, SpaceX and Starlink CEO Elon Musk became the largest shareholder in the company.

He took to the platform on Tuesday and said that the billionaire will now be on the Twitter board of directors.

“I’m excited to share that we’re appointing @elonmusk to our board! Through conversations with Elon in recent weeks, it became clear to us that he would bring great value to our Board,” he said in a tweet thread.

“He’s both a passionate believer and intense critic of the service which is exactly what we need on @Twitter, and in the boardroom, to make us stronger in the long-term. Welcome Elon!” he said.

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Musk, who announced his shareholder status this week, responded to the tweets.

“Looking forward to working with Parag & Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter in coming months!” he said.

Musk bought a 9.2% stake in Twitter, making him the largest shareholder of the left-leaning social media platform.

“Musk owns 73.5 million Twitter shares, valuing his passive stake in the company at up to $2.9 billion based on the stock’s Friday close. The shares are held by the Elon Musk Revocable Trust,” Newsmax reported.

“Musk, a prolific user of Twitter, has over 80 million followers on the site since joining in 2009 and has used the platform to make several announcements, including teasing a go-private deal for Tesla that landed him in regulatory scrutiny. He, however, has been critical of the social media platform and its policies of late and has said the company is undermining democracy by failing to adhere to free speech principles,” the report added.

Many social media users reacted to the news, with Republicans supporting the move and others not too happy about it.

And before that many Twitter reacted to the news of Musk purchasing his Twitter shares with Republicans supporting the move and others not too happy about it. And many of those who called for the Tesla CEO to bring former President Trump back to the platform.

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The move comes after Musk put up a poll asking his followers if they believed that Twitter did a good job of adhering to free speech principles.

“Free speech is essential to a functioning democracy. Do you believe Twitter rigorously adheres to this principle?” the 50-year-old asked. “The consequences of this poll will be important. Please vote carefully.”

“Given that Twitter serves as the de facto public town square, failing to adhere to free speech principles fundamentally undermines democracy. What should be done?” he asked, following up, “Is a new platform needed?”

Over 2 million people voted in Musk’s poll, which found that 70% of users said they did not think Twitter was protecting free speech principles and rights.

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