Elon Musk, the new owner of Twitter, has launched a referendum on the platform he recently purchased to ask for a yes or no vote on Donald Trump’s return to the social network from which he had been banned in the aftermath of the assault on the Capitol on January 6 2021. Yesterday Musk had rehabilitated some accounts but said he had not yet made any decisions about Trump. Relying on the public rather than an internal oversight body to decide on Trump’s return to Twitter, according to Musk’s detractors, is a questionable and dangerous choice. However, it is not clear whether Musk will decide on the basis of the outcome of the referendum.
Within an hour, over 2.5 million users voted for the referendum. For now, the yeses prevail with almost 60%, while the nos are just over 40%. The online survey ends tomorrow at 7 pm in the USA (1 am in Italy) “Vox populi, vox Dei”, tweeted the new patron of the platform, quoting the sentence of ancient medieval tradition to mean that popular opinions and judgements, or commonly accepted, must or can be considered true and just.
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