Elon Musk to reinstate Trump to Twitter, says ban was ‘extremely foolish’

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Elon Musk has revealed that he would reverse Twitter‘s permanent ban on Donald Trump after completing his acquisition of the social media platform.

Speaking on Tuesday at a conference in London, Musk said that Twitter’s move to ban the former US president ‘was a morally bad decision and foolish in the extreme’.

Trump was banned from Twitter in January of 2021, in response to his supporters storming the US Capitol and attempting to block the certification of Joe Biden‘s election victory.

Trump, who recently launched his own competing service dubbed Truth Social, has previously claimed that he would not return to Twitter even if he was invited back.

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On Thursday, Daniel Zhao, a senior economist and data scientist at the job insights platform Glassdoor, tweeted that interest in job openings at the social media giant was up 263% between April 24 and April 30.

In a statement to Fortune, Zhao clarified that interest is defined by the average daily clicks on Twitter job postings on the platform, compared to the average daily job clicks in a March 2022 baseline prior to the news breaking of Musk’s plans for the company.

On April 25, the board of Twitter agreed to a $44bn (£34.5bn) takeover offer from Elon Musk, the world’s richest man. The firm initially rebuffed Musk’s bid, but later asked shareholders to vote to approve the deal.

Musk had recently said that once his Twitter takeover is complete, the company will be place emphasis on “hardcore software engineering, design, infosec & server hardware”.