Elon Musk attacked Twitter for “failing to adhere to free speech principles” months before he took over the social media platform, even going so far as to claim that the app “fundamentally undermines democracy.”

The site is changing at the whim of Musk, who has previously referred to himself as a “free speech absolutist.”

Since Musk took over on October 27, Twitter has been continuously in a state of chaos. Verification now costs $7.99, employees have been let go, and accounts have been suspended. However, in true Musk form, the reinstatements haven’t been without drama. Some accounts that had previously been banned or suspended have been reinstated.

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The accounts that have been reinstated are listed below:

– Donald Trump

Following the uprising at the Capitol, Twitter permanently disabled the former president’s account in January 2021 “due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”

CNN reports that Trump was suspended after tweeting twice, one including, “The 75,000,000 great American Patriots who voted for me, AMERICA FIRST, and MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, will have a GIANT VOICE long into the future. They will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form!!!”

According to a senior administration official quoted in Politico, Trump went “ballistic” after the restriction and was trying to determine his choices. In the end, he released Truth Social, a new social media application, in February.

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Musk created a poll on Friday, discussing whether Trump would rejoin the site. Musk tweeted, “Reinstate former President Donald Trump,” with a “yes” and “no” option. The following day, the billionaire owner restored Trump’s Twitter account after 51% of respondents chose “yes.”

Since he founded Truth Social, it is unknown if the former president will actively resume activity on the bird app.

“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump claimed in April. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”

“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” Trump added.

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– Marjorie Taylor Greene

Early in January 2022, a permanent suspension was placed on the Republican representative’s Twitter account for persistently disseminating false information about COVID-19. The social media platform had previously stated that it would prohibit postings that disseminate false information regarding vaccines in March 2021.

“Twitter is an enemy to America and can’t handle the truth. That’s fine, I’ll show America we don’t need them and it’s time to defeat our enemies,” in response to her then-suspension, Greene declared.

On November 21, a Monday, her account was restored.

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That afternoon, Greene still had not tweeted anything expressing gratitude for the decision to lift her suspension. Her last tweet, which she published in January, demanded that colleague congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez convey her regret to Florida Governor Ron DeSantis.

– Andrew Tate

Controversial influencer Andrew Tate‘s Twitter account was suspended in 2017 for breaking the site’s rules. According to NBC, Tate’s statement that women should “bare some responsibility” for sexual assault was the trigger for the suspension.

Tate is a role model for a new generation of “manosphere” members and routinely makes violent and misogynistic remarks about women.

His Twitter account was restored five years later.

– Jordan Peterson

Jordan Peterson, a Canadian psychologist, was temporarily banned from the social networking platform on June 28 for breaking the site’s rules against hate speech. According to Forbes, Peterson called transgender actor Elliot Page by his deadname.

Peterson made a nearly 15-minute-long YouTube video after being suspended in which he declared that he would sooner die than take back the offensive tweet.

Peterson looked to be enjoying his comeback after Musk tweeted on November 18 that he would have his account reinstated, unleashing a flood of messages.

– The Babylon Bee

Right-wing satire website The Babylon Bee was banned in March for making a transphobic remark about Rachel Levine, a trans woman who is currently the US assistant secretary of health.

CEO Seth Dillon posted on The Babylon Bee’s website in reaction to the ban, saying, “We won’t compromise the truth just to keep our account.”

The Babylon Bee tweeted on November 18 after being reinstated, “We’re back. Let that sink in.”

– Kathy Griffin

Within a month, the account of comedian Kathy Griffin was suspended and then reinstated.

She impersonated Musk in a number of tweets in November, mocking him, and her account was suspended as a result. Griffin wrote after borrowing Musk’s profile picture: “After much spirited discussion with the females in my life, I’ve decided that voting blue for their choice is only right. (They’re also sexy females, btw.) #VoteBlueToProtectWomen.”

Griffin had little interest in Musk’s choice, although Peterson may have supported it. Griffin tweeted on Mastodon, a social media platform that many Twitter users have flocked to “Dear Space Karen. No Thanks.”


– Kanye West

Following the rapper’s antisemitic outburst in October in which he threatened to “go death con 3 on JEWISH PEOPLE,” Kanye West’s Twitter account was restricted.

One of Ye’s first tweets on the platform since 2020, when his Instagram account was shut down, was the rant.

West tweeted on November 20 that he was “testing testing” to see whether his Twitter account was accessible. Musk replied, “Don’t kill what ye hate, save what ye love.”