Fact Check

Did Musk Reinstate Trump on Twitter in April 2022?

At the time, the former president was still banned from several social media sites.

Published Apr 22, 2022

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Claim:
Twitter's ban on former U.S. President Donald Trump was reversed in April 2022 by Elon Musk.

In April 2022, Tesla CEO Elon Musk became Twitter's largest individual shareholder and put a proposal together to purchase the social media company. While Musk's takeover of Twitter was not yet successful, some social media users started to imagine what Twitter would look like if Musk truly had control of Twitter. One such fantasy involved bringing back former U.S. President Donald Trump, who was permanently banned from the service "due to the risk of further incitement of violence" after the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6:

This wa not a genuine tweet from Trump.

The @realDonaldTrump Twitter account was still unavailable on the social media network as of this writing. When we attempted to access this page, we were greeted with a blank account and a message stating that the account was suspended for violating Twitter's rules.

In addition to the continued absence of a @realDonaldTrump account, this rumor was debunked by the fact that Musk had not yet been successful in his bid to take control of Twitter. In other words, Musk didn't yet have the authority to reinstate Trump's account.

Sources:

Bond, Shannon, and Bobby Allyn. "'Love Me Tender' and Poison Pills: Unpacking the Elon Musk-Twitter Saga." NPR, 19 Apr. 2022. NPR, https://www.npr.org/2022/04/19/1093408513/twitter-elon-musk-explainer-investors-shareholders.

"Fact Check: Trump Remains Suspended on Twitter; Tweet Circulating Online Is Fabricated." Usatoday, https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/factcheck/2022/04/21/fact-check-elon-musk-didnt-reinstate-trumps-twitter-account/7371577001/. Accessed 22 Apr. 2022.

Forgey, Quint. "National Archives Can't Resurrect Trump's Tweets, Twitter Says." POLITICO, https://www.politico.com/news/2021/04/07/twitter-national-archives-realdonaldtrump-479743. Accessed 22 Apr. 2022.

Permanent Suspension of @realDonaldTrump. https://blog.twitter.com/en_us/topics/company/2020/suspension. Accessed 22 Apr. 2022.

"What Was Trump's Last Tweet before He Got Banned?" Louisville Courier Journal, https://www.courier-journal.com/story/news/local/2021/01/09/twitter-bans-trump-what-tweet-got-president-banned/6607968002/. Accessed 22 Apr. 2022.

Updates

Nov. 20, 2022: This story was updated to reflect the fact that this claim said the Twitter account for former U.S. President Donald Trump returned in April. Months later, Twitter, under Elon Musk's leadership, brought back Trump's account.

Dan Evon is a former writer for Snopes.

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