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Twitter users are calling on Elon Musk to restore Donald Trump’s account

Donald Trump supporters are urging Elon Musk to restore the ex-president’s Twitter account after Tesla’s billionaire boss became the social network’s largest shareholder and earned a seat on Twitter’s board of directors.

Trump was banned from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and all other major social media platforms after the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol. Trump has since launched his own social media platform, Truth Social, but it has been plagued by technical glitches and the departure of key executives.

Now, pro-Trump voices are urging Musk to brush up on his free speech advocates and bring back the former president.

“Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to end political censorship,” Representative Lauren Boebert, the Colorado Republican, tweeted Monday.

“Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!”

“Twitter used to be an open space for free thinking,” Pete Hegseth told Fox & Friends on Tuesday. “Now the blue ticks, like left-wing groupthink police officers, have happily pushed through this idea and the corporate types on Twitter.”

Hegseth, whose comments have been quoted by MediaiteHe added: “They repelled Donald Trump. They repelled many conservatives. If he disclosed that, it would open up the conversation in America.”

House Representative Lauren Boebert, the Colorado Republican, urged Musk and Twitter to restore Trump’s account.

Journalist Glenn Greenwald, meanwhile, ridiculed CNN’s Brian Stelter, who said there was “fear” among liberals that Musk would become Twitter’s largest shareholder.

“Dems and liberal activist groups have spent years co-opting the censorship power of tech billionaires and expressing gratitude to Google and FB execs for censoring their internet enemies,” Greenwald tweeted.

“Now they’re petrified that a billionaire who doesn’t censor for them could take over Twitter.”

The 45th President was banned from Twitter and other social media platforms following the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol.
Trump was banned from Twitter and other social media platforms after the January 6, 2021 riots in the US Capitol.
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Tech giants like Twitter, Facebook, Google and Amazon have been accused by conservatives and free speech advocates of banning users with unpopular views.

Then-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said last year his company made a mistake by censoring a New York Post article about Hunter Biden’s laptop in the weeks leading up to the presidential election.

The Tesla boss has criticized social media companies, including Twitter, for removing those with views that are outside of the mainstream from the platform.

Trump launched his own social media platform, Truth Social, to compete with Twitter, but it has struggled to get off the ground.
The former president launched Truth Social to compete with Twitter, but it has struggled to get off the ground.
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Just days before the SEC filing revealed Musk’s stake, he raised questions about Twitter’s adherence to free speech principles.

“Freedom of expression is essential for a functioning democracy. Do you think Twitter strictly adheres to this principle?” he tweeted.

Musk went a step further the next day, writing: “Given that Twitter serves as a de facto public marketplace, failure to uphold the principles of free speech fundamentally undermines democracy. What is to be done?”

in one separate tweetMusk said he’s “seriously considering” creating a new social media platform.

Shares of Twitter are up more than 27% in premarket trading on Tuesday — the second straight day the company’s share price has risen after Musk acquired 73.5 million shares.

Twitter CEO Parag Agrawal also announced Tuesday that Musk will join Twitter’s board of directors.

“I look forward to working with Parag and the Twitter board to make significant improvements to Twitter over the coming months!” Musk tweeted in response to Agrawal’s announcement.

Before buying a stake in Twitter, Musk criticized the social media platform's policies regarding user sacking.
Before buying a stake in Twitter, Musk criticized the social media platform’s policies regarding user bans.
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Musk teased Twitter users Monday night by asking if they wanted an edit button on tweets, just hours after it was announced that the world’s richest person became the company’s largest shareholder.

“Would you like an edit button?” Musk tweeted to his more than 80 million followers on the microblogging platform. The poll generated more than 2.74 million votes as of Tuesday morning.

Musk’s $2.89 billion investment in Twitter makes him the largest shareholder, putting him ahead of Vanguard, Morgan Stanley and BlackRock.

Because of Twitter’s share structure, Musk’s stake in the company will give him far more leverage over the site’s operations than outside investors in tech giants like Meta or Google can exercise.

While Mark Zuckerberg holds special dual-class stocks that effectively allow him to override meta-investor objections and do as he pleases, Twitter only has one class of stock.

That means Twitter shares held by founder Jack Dorsey give Dorsey the same voting rights as shares held by Musk.

In a show of the power Twitter investors can wield, Dorsey resigned as Twitter CEO in 2021 after a heated campaign by shareholder Elliott Management. Elliott owned around 4% of Twitter stock at the time — less than half of Musk’s current stake.

https://nypost.com/2022/04/05/twitter-users-urge-elon-musk-to-reinstate-donald-trumps-account/ Twitter users are calling on Elon Musk to restore Donald Trump’s account

DUSTIN JONES

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