Elon Musk has already stated that he could bring the former president of the United States back to Twitter, but Trump is clear why he would not return to the social network
Illustration of Donald Trump and Twitter. (Photo: YouTube)
The return of Donald Trump to Twitter seems to be more difficult than one might think. After signing the purchase agreement, Elon Musk would have the power to return the account to the former US president. However, there's a reason why he wouldn't leave Truth Social, a “copy” of Twitter that he launched after being banned from the social network.
< p class="paragraph">A report by The Washington Post shows that Trump is “chained” to Truth Social and will not let him go. Sources close to him confirmed that the former president admitted to his allies that he can't leave his platform because he doesn't want his brand's website to fall apart.
The controversial former president of the United States was happy with the sale of Twitter and its new owner, Elon Musk. For his part, the owner of Tesla and SpaceX stated some time ago that vetoing Donald Trump was not the best decision. Trump on Twitter will not end Trump's voice, it will amplify it among the right, and so it is morally wrong and downright stupid,” he told a Financial Times conference.
Truth Social is still waiting for a heyday in users
Donald Trump has tried to promote Truth Social at every opportunity, but his reach on the social network is arguably a fraction of what he would enjoy on Twitter.
Unlike other platforms that want to expand to different markets, Truth Social is focused only on the United States. Donald Trump's social network debuted on iOSin February 2022, although Trump waited a few months to receive his first publication. The application was launched on Android at the end of October of the same year, but currently access is limited by country and there is a long waiting list for those interested.
Elon Musk and Donald Trump. (photo: Bangladesh)
Donald Trump wants to work on his social network
Donald Trump believes that his ban on Twitter, Facebook and other social networks was one of the worst business decisions in recent years. The conservative politician believes that the success of the platforms is related to him and without his presence “they are going to have a very bad time.” In an interview with Fox News, Trump said that he likes Elon but that he sticks to real socialism.
“I stay with Truth. I like it better, I like the way it works, I like Elon, but I'll stick with Truth”, commented the former president of the US in said interview.
The momentum of Donald Trump for his platform is no accident, because he owns 90% of the company's shares. The aforementioned Washington Post report mentions that Trump was considering moving to Gettris , a conservative social network founded by his former assistant Jason Miller. Although his ally promised to pay him $5 million a year and a share of the company, Trump decided to keep Truth Social to support it.
Truth Social. (Photo: REUTERS/Dado Ruvic)
A small hope to return to Twitter
All of the above said, Donald Trump still has more possibilities to return to the blue bird's social network. The purchase of Twitter and the 2024 presidential election would be important factors in his return to the social network as a candidate for the Republican Party.
Elon Musk has said that won't reinstate suspended accounts until Twitter's new rules are in place, meaning it's only a matter of time before Musk is deemed a “free speech absolutist.”
The exclusivity deal between Donald Trump and Truth Social has several gray areas. A clause determines that one is free to post on any platform after 6 hours, although you can do it in real time if it is a political message. Trump would have the green light to use his personal Twitter account to launch political messages, raise funds or get voters.