The Billionaire’s last poll – which was posted on Wednesday and closed on Thursday – asked whether Twitter should offer amnesty to suspended accounts as long as they haven’t broken the law or “engage in blatant spam.” More than 70% of respondents voted “yes” in the ballot, which garnered more than 3 million votes.
Musk also used a poll last weekend and reinstated Trump based on the results. While Trump has yet to tweet and says he is sticking to his own Truth Social platform with no immediate plans to join Twitter, other conservative accounts that have been reinstated have been active.
Musk’s decision to reinstate Trump and Taylor Greene, who have both pushed conspiracy theories and hate speech, has been condemned by civil rights groups. Despite the return of banned accounts, politicians who use Twitter to reach journalists and voters have decided to stay.
“If or when journalists leave, politicians will follow because it’s a crucial platform for shaping public opinion and the narrative,” said Eric Wilson, managing partner of Republican investment fund Startup Caucus.
Plus, there’s still no apparent heir to Twitter that has the established network effect and user base that politicians can quickly jump on.
“I just haven’t seen an exodus of political opinion makers because there’s no obvious platform they can go to, and so politicians will continue to engage,” he said. Wilson said.