Former President Donald Trump might have been reinstated on Twitter by its new owner, Elon Musk, but he might not enjoy the same popularity he originally did during his presidency as an increasing number of users are moving to block him.
Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated nearly two years after the company suspended him, citing his role in the January 6 Capitol riots. Musk conducted a Twitter poll, where more than 15 million people voted with nearly 52% of those weighing in favouring Trump’s return.
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Not many people were thrilled at the prospect of the former leader getting the opportunity to steal the spotlight on Twitter again. As a result, people who were not his fans, are moving to block him after getting the news of his reinstatement.
“What would happen if we all blocked him,” one user said, while another noted, “I blocked him and so can you.” A third stated, “I’ve already blocked him. And no matter what he Tweets, my wish is that the media and journalists and all of us with a platform don’t amplify his content. Toss his Tweets aside. They aren’t worthy of being covered. Don’t give him what he wants—otherwise he wins.”
One more tweeted, “Just blocked and reported Donald Trump. I feel vindicated. Join me in sticking it to this racist.” One more said, “Just blocked the two worst trolls on Twitter, @ElonMusk and @RealDonaldTrump”
Another remarked, “I never followed Donald Trump, never retweeted him, and blocked him early on. If you haven’t done the same, what are you waiting for?” Yet another user commented, “No lie but I’m 90% sure @realDonaldTrump is gonna be the most blocked account on Twitter yet.”
Trump has infamously used the social networking platform to peddle lies and falsehoods about the 2020 election as well as voiced provocations and insults to millions of fans and critics. During his presidency, he also used the platform to threaten North Korea, sack cabinet members, post fake news about the Covid pandemic, make racist and gender-biased remarks, legitimize conspiracy theories and make enemies out of media houses and politicians from either side of the aisle who were not loyal to him.