Elon Musk launched a Twitter poll late on Friday asking users to decide whether to reactivate former US President Donald Trump’s account and nearly 55% of respondents agreed.
Musk tweeted the Latin phrase “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” which roughly translates as “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Musk, the company’s new owner, declared in May that he would lift Twitter’s ban on Trump, whose account was shut down following the attack on the US Capitol last year.
Reinstate former President Trump
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 19, 2022
The decision to reinstate Trump’s account is still up for debate, according to Musk, who also claimed that Twitter has reinstated several contentious accounts that had been suspended or banned, such as the satirical website Babylon Bee and comic Kathy Griffin.
According to media reports, Twitter informed staff members on Thursday that it would close its offices and restrict badge access until Monday.
The company began denying certain employees access to corporate networks that had turned down Musk’s offer on Friday afternoon, according to Reuters.
Musk expressed concern that Twitter would not be able to “survive the upcoming economic collapse” in his first email to Twitter staff this month. As part of the policy change, he said, “Remote work will no longer be permitted unless you have a valid exception.”
Moody’s also revoked Twitter’s B1 credit rating because of changes, stating that there was insufficient data to support the rating.