Elon Musk has not reinstated Donald Trump’s Twitter account.Users have shared a parody account claiming that Elon Musk has restored the permanently suspended Twitter account of Donald Trump.
Former USA President Donald Trump was suspended from Twitter on 8 January 2021, “due to the risk of further incitement of violence,” after the riots on the Capitol Hill.
After months of waffling, lawsuits and the near miss of a full blown trial, Elon Musk now owns Twitter. As Musk closed the $44 billion deal to buy the social media service, social media users claim that Elon Musk has restored Trump’s Twitter account.
Users have shared a screenshot of a Twitter post purportedly made by Donald Trump. The tweet reads, ‘Thank you, @elonmusk! Feels great to be back. Hope all the haters and losers have missed me!’ This tweet has been made by a Twitter verified account, which is why it looks authentic.
A Twitter account named Donald J. Trump tweeted‘Thank you, @elonmusk! Feels great to be back. Hope all the haters and losers have missed me!’ on 28 October 2022. The username of this account is @TheUltGmr, which is a very important point to be note.
Let’s find out whether Donald Trump’s account has restored or not?
What does Elon Musk has to say about this?
After the claim went viral on 28 October, Elon Musk took to twitter saying that Twitter would make a lot of money if he were given a dollar while being questioned about Trump coming back to Twitter.
According to a news report by CNN, Elon Musk indicated that the Twitter account of former President Donald Trump would not be restored ahead of the US midterm elections next week. He wrote “Twitter will not allow anyone who was de-platformed for violating Twitter rules back on the platform until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks.”
What does Twitter say about Trump’s account?
According to Twitter, the account of Donald Trump remains to be suspended as of 7 November 2022. In their blog, Twitter mentioned, ‘Trump’s tweets are in violation of the Glorification of Violence Policy and the user @realDonaldTrump should be immediately permanently suspended from the service.’They have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.
The username of this viral account being ‘@UltGmr’ is a major red flag to doubt the authenticity of this account. We observed that the suspended account of Donald Trump’s username is ‘@realDonaldTrump.’
Upon visiting the profile on Twitter, we found that the profile was using Trump’s image as their profile picture. The archive version of this profile bio can be seen here on 28 October 2022. It is to be noted that on 28 October this profile had 7514 followers. The description mentions ‘we do a little trolling.’
Later we found that the user had actually removed Trump’s profile picture on 30 October 2022. The bio of this profile mentions that this is a parody account. The description states, “We do a little trolling (this is a parody).” You can view the archived version here. On 30 October 2022, the profile gathered 195.6k followers.
This makes it very clear that the account in question is actually a parody account and not a real one. Donald Trump continues to remain suspended until date.
Let us go through the history of this profile.
Going through the archived tweets of this account with the username ‘@UltGmr’, we found that this account has changed its name several times in the past but the username has remained the same.
On 31 October 2021, the name of this account was ‘Ultimate Gamer.’ You can view the archived version of the tweet here.
On 20 July 2022, the name of this account was ‘Mike Hawk.’ You can view the archived version of the tweet here.
On 8 September 2022, the name of this account was ‘UR2SLOW.’ You can view the archived version of the tweet here.
On 29October 2022, the name of this account was ‘Donald J. Trump.’ You can view the archived version of the tweet here.
Fact Crescendo found the viral claim on social media to be False. Users have shared a parody account claiming that Elon Musk has restored the permanently suspended Twitter account of Donald Trump. Twitter suspended the account of Donald Trump on 08 January 2021. The name of his official Twitter handle was @realDonaldTrump. Elon Musk has not reinstated Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
Title:No, Elon Musk has not reinstated Donald Trump’s Twitter accountFact Check By: Drabanti Ghosh