Twitter reinstates Trump, some users report issues refollowing ex-U.S. president's account

Quick Take

  • Donald Trump is back on Twitter following a poll conducted by Elon Musk.
  • Tweets from the past day suggest the reactivation process may have been a bumpy one, based on the slow reaccumulation of followers to Trump’s account.

CORRECTION (1:30 p.m. ET) Corrects to clarify the process by which followers have been reinstated to Trump's account and how crypto CEO accounts were re-added as followers.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump is back on Twitter.

Twitter CEO Elon Musk announced the move Saturday night following a Twitter poll on Friday that drew more than 15 million votes. Trump's account became visible in the wake of Musk's announcement, but as of yet, Trump has not issued a tweet.

Attention quickly turned to the fact that, at least initially, nearly all of Trump's followers had been disconnected. Social activity suggests that some of the users who attempted to refollow his account encountered a bug that required them to re-follow several times. Since then, Trump's follower count has swelled above 80 million.

BigCryptoAlert, an account that tracks the Twitter activity of key players in the blockchain industry was abuzz in the wake of Trump's reinstatement, highlighting refollows by Block CEO Jack Dorsey, Gemini co-founder Cameron Winklevoss and Cardano founder Charles Hoskinson. It's not clear who among those tagged by BigCryptoAlert were manual refollows or automated ones.

According to a post in Twitter's Help Center, reinstated accounts may not immediately retain all of their followers. "Some people’s following/followers or Tweet counts do not immediately display their previous numbers upon reactivation. Don't worry, these will be fully restored within 24 hours of reactivation," the firm says.


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