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71% of readers think Trump’s Twitter ban should be permanent

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Seven out of 10 Independently Readers think Donald Trump’s permanent Twitter ban should remain permanent.

However, three in ten think the former US President’s account should be reactivated, citing reasons such as freedom of speech and finding him entertaining.

Readers have been asked to take a poll after Elon Musk, who is in the process of buying the social media site for $44 billion (£36 billion), said he wanted to give Mr Trump his blue-tagged account back .

Of the fraction of people who thought Mr Trump’s ban should be lifted, 88 percent said it was because they believed in free speech, while 12 percent said they found him entertaining.

A commenter named MoralAuthority wrote: “Yes… he should be allowed on Twitter. Scammers/impostors/crooks/etc have been around since the written word (and probably even before the written word). It is not justified to ban someone from public space.”

Another named CheapSeater added, “He should definitely be on Twitter assuming he’s also shipped to a neighboring galaxy.”

Mr Musk’s takeover of the social media site has recently stalled due to his concerns about the number of spam or bot accounts. However, Twitter said on Thursday it was still “committed” to completing the deal.

Earlier this month, the Tesla billionaire said the decision to block Mr Trump in January 2021 was “morally bad” and “a mistake.”

“I think it was a bad moral decision, to put it bluntly, and extremely foolish,” he said at an event on the future of the car hosted by the in London financial times.

He added: “I don’t think it was right to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake – it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately didn’t result in Donald Trump having no voice.”

He said the decision to ban Mr Trump from Twitter, made after the Jan. 6 riots in the US Capitol, did not completely silence the voice of the former president. Rather, it reinforced his views among people on the political right, Mr Musk said.

The poll of the Independent – Should Donald Trump be allowed back on Twitter? ran for nine days and had 292 entries. People could choose one of four options and vote once. 74 people voted “Yes – free speech should be allowed on Twitter”, 10 said “Yes – I find it entertaining”, 207 voters chose “No – his Twitter ban should be permanent” and one person chose ” not”. don’t know” option.

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