All the worst people imaginable have now been allowed back onto Twitter, as tech billionaire Elon Musk continues moulding the social media platform to his liking after taking ownership of the company last month.
The Tesla founder tweeted out a poll on Saturday as to whether to bring back Donald Trump, and sure enough, when more than 15 million accounts cast their votes and it finished with the cursed 52/48 split in favour of his return (see Brexit), @RealDonaldTrump was discoverable again.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” wrote Musk, a Latin phrase which translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
And to make matters worse, the former US president isn’t the only controversial figure to be given a second chance at spewing more bile online. We’ve rounded them all up here for your reading (dis)pleasure.
But first, allow us to give a bit more background on Trump’s history with Twitter, although we suspect you know a lot of this already.
It was back in January 2021 when his account was suspended, after his speech to a rally at the Ellipse – near the White House – on 6 January inspired a violent mob to march on the US Capitol. It was an insurrection, lives were lost, and President Trump was impeached for a second time.
It wasn’t long until he decided to set up his own social media platform, however – Truth Social – and it appears he is more than happy staying on there for the time being now that his Twitter account is back.
We wish we didn’t have to write about him, but here we are.
One disgusting comment, reported on by the Metro at the time, saw the former Big Brother star and kickboxer claim on Twitter that “if you put yourself in a position to be raped, you must bear some responsibility”.
Twitter gave Peterson the option to restore his account, so long as he delete his tweet. But Peterson said he "would rather die" than do so.
Musk restored Peterson's account on Friday 18 November which led the psychologist to tweet "I'm back" with a photo of Jack Torrence from The Shinning.
The right-wing satirical news site got its account locked back in March after it deliberately misgendered Rachel Levine, assistant secretary for health at the US Department of Health and Human Services. It was told account access would be restored if the tweet was deleted, but those behind the outlet refused to do so.
Not Alex Jones
While it’s becoming clear just who has been allowed back onto Twitter, Musk has also tweeted about who he definitely won’t unban: far-right conspiracy theorist and InfoWars host Alex Jones.