Headline RoundupNovember 20th, 2022

Elon Musk Lifts Twitter's Permanent Ban of Donald Trump

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Former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is back online after Twitter CEO Elon Musk polled users asking if the ban on Trump’s account should be lifted. It is uncertain if Trump will return to the social media site.

Key Quotes: After the poll results leaned ‘yes’ to unban Trump, Musk tweeted, “the people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” The phrase is Latin for ‘the voice of the people is the voice of God.’ On Saturday, Trump addressed the Republican Jewish Coalition's annual leadership meeting by video, where Reuters reports he stated he did not “see any reason” to return to Twitter and preferred to remain on Truth Social, the platform he has used since being banned from Twitter nearly two years ago.

For Context: Previous Twitter leadership banned Trump from the platform following the events of January 6, 2021. In a blog posted on January 8, 2021, the company announced it was banning Trump “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.” Elon Musk finalized his purchase of Twitter in late October. Trump’s account is already back online, with his 86.3 million followers reinstated.

How the Media Covered It: The news of Trump’s unbanning was covered across the spectrum over the weekend, in line with all new developments of drastic changes at Twitter headquarters. The New York Post called Jan. 6 an ‘insurrection.’ Fox News (Right Bias) and the New York Times (Lean Left Bias) called it a ‘riot.’

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