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 has so far been unsuccessful, 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 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 is not a genuine tweet from Trump.
The @RealDonaldTrump Twitter account is still unavailable on the social media network. When you attempt to access this page, you are 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 can also be debunked by the fact that Musk, as of this writing, has not been successful in his bid to take control of Twitter. In other words, Musk doesn’t have the authority to reinstate Trump’s account.
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