An unsubstantiated claim from financial news outlet First Squawk on Monday morning fueled speculation that Twitter might be on the verge of reversing its permanent ban on former President Donald Trump.
Although the social media site did not immediately address the claim, a number of users from across the ideological spectrum weighed in on the prospect of Trump once again sharing his thoughts on Twitter.
“I don’t like Trump at all but the fact they banned him was ridiculous,” one tweet asserted. “It’s totally outrageous that a democratically elected Head of State of the most powerful country on earth could be silenced by some CEO.”
The platform was one of several social media giants that booted Trump’s profiles in the wake of the Capitol Hill riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
In a statement at the time, Twitter wrote: “After close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them — specifically how they are being received and interpreted on and off Twitter — we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Even if Twitter does reverse its decision, Trump has insisted that he would not consider returning to the platform.
In a June post on his own Truth Social platform, he wrote: “Far more bots and fake accounts on Twitter than originally thought. That place is a disaster (and boring!). I will never go back!”
Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who has been in a contentious ongoing bid to purchase Twitter, confirmed earlier this year that he would reinstate Trump’s account if he were in charge.
“I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” he asserted in May. “I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
Officials at Facebook, which also removed Trump’s account at around the same time, recently indicated that they were debating whether the former president should be allowed back on the site.
Nick Clegg, an executive at Facebook’s parent company Meta, explained: “It’s not a capricious decision. We will look at the signals related to real-world harm to make a decision whether at the two-year point — which is early January next year — Trump gets reinstated to the platform.”