Twitter’s change in leadership is being celebrated by conservatives across the United States, including personalities like Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin. The Fox News affiliates re-joined Twitter soon after the takeover was announced.

“We’re back”, Carlson wrote on the microblogging website on Monday. The Fox News hosts’ tweet was soon followed by Levin, who wrote, “Thanks to new ownership, I’ve decided to come back!”

What could this mean?

Before the Twitter takeover was announced, followers of former President Donald Trump thought he would re-join the platform. However, the Republican cleared the air and said he will stick to his own social media platform TRUTHSocial.

However, this does not mean other conservatives previously censored would not rejoin Twitter. Republican lawmakers like Marjorie Taylor Greene have celebrated Elon Musk’s leadership and predicted their return.

“Prepare for blue check mark full-scale meltdown after @elonmusk seals the deal and I should get my personal Twitter account restored”, Greene wrote. The GOP member was previously blocked from the platform after violating its “COVID-19 misinformation policy.”

Why were Tucker Carlson and Mark Levin MIA from Twitter?

Babylon Bee, considered to be a conservative news website, was suspended from the social media platform for reasons linked to “hateful content.” Carlson reportedly endorsed these statements from the website and was dragged along. 

The comments tagged Rachel Levine – a transgender woman – the site’s “Man of the Year” for 2022. Levine is the United States Assistant Secretary of Health.

What is Musk’s stand on this?

While Elon Musk has not explicitly spoken about reinstating accounts that have previously been blocked, the billionaire has often identified himself as a “free speech absolutist.” 

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated”, Musk said in a statement.