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.
In her first post in three years, Hopkins wrote: “Thank you @elonmusk. And thank you to all the Twitter family who have brought Tommy & I back to @X.
“Know this. You are not alone. We are many. And we are stronger together. The fight back for your freedom is on.”
In her last stint on the platform, the former Apprentice contestant Hopkins became well-known for her controversial views that eventually got her banned.
But the ramifications of her hate have affected her in other ways – in 2017 Hopkins lost £131,000 in a libel case brought by cookery writer Jack Monroe. Additionally, in 2018, she was detained in South Africa for “spreading racial hatred” and in 2021 was deported from Australia when her visa was revoked after she bragged about flouting lockdown rules.
Robinson, whose real name is Stephen Yaxley-Lennon and is the former leader of the far-right English Defence League, had his Twitter account deactivated in 2018. He is well-known for being a far-right anti-Islam campaigner and has several convictions related to violence, fraud, drug possession and public order offences.
Robinson’s first post since his ban was a video of David Hasselhoff performing his 1989 song Looking For Freedom, with Robinson’s face dubbed over the singer’s.
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.
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.