Following Elon Musk’s’ bid to acquire and privatize Twitter, the possible reinstatement of former President Trump’s account has been on the table.
The question has been, would Mr. Trump return to the social media platform or continue to use his own platform, Truth Social, to connect with his supporters instead?
On Thursday, Musk completed his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter, a source familiar with the deal told CNN Thursday, putting the world’s richest man in charge of one of the world’s most influential social media platforms.
Musk tweeted before midnight; “the bird is freed,” and updated his bio to designate himself as the “Chief Twit.”
Musk quickly fired CEO Parag Agrawal and two other executives, according to two people familiar with the decision.
Another one of them was Vijaya Gadde, the head of legal, policy, and trust at Twitter.
Gadde is best known for making the unprecedented decision to suspend, then ban, the sitting President of The United States from Twitter, following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot. Her office determined that a number of his tweets connected to the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of “the risk of further incitement of violence.”
Following Twitter and other platforms shutting down Trump’s accounts, POTUS #45 created the Trump Media & Technology Group (TMTG), which launched in October 2021. TMTG’s social media platform, Truth Social, was formally launched earlier this year.
In an exclusive interview with Fox News Digital on Friday, Trump was asked about returning.
“I like Elon and I wish him a lot of luck,” Trump said. “I hope he does well with it,” but Trump stressed he will stay on his own Truth Social— a social media platform he touts as “better,” “safe,” and that feels “like home.”
“I am staying on Truth. I like it better, I like the way it works, I like Elon, but I’m staying on Truth,” Trump told Fox News Digital.
Trump told Fox News Digital that “terminating” him from Facebook, Twitter and other social media companies in 2021 was “one of the worst decisions made in business in the last two years,” pointing to “how badly these platforms are doing.”
“Facebook is now down $80 billion and boring,” Trump said. “Twitter has been taken over, and, if it wasn’t for me, it would have never been taken over. No one would have even thought about it.”
Trump told Fox News Digital that when he began using Twitter, it was “a failing operation.”
“I made Twitter hot 12 years ago, I made Twitter hot,” he said. “And then when they terminated, it became cold, and that’s what happened.”
Trump, pointing to the Facebook parent company Meta Platforms Inc. plunge in stock price—the lowest since February 2016— and Twitter, said “engagements are way down and everything else since I left.”
“And if you remember, 12 years ago Twitter, was a failed enterprise,” he said. “It was only when I got on that it became successful.”
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