Update (20 November 2022): Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated. Elon Musk through a tweet announced that Trump will be reinstated after 51.8% voted yes in the online poll run by Musk to reinstate the former U.S. President’s Twitter account.
A post is being shared on social media which claims that Donald Trump is back on Twitter. It contains 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 is being shared in the context of Elon Musk’s acquisition of the social media platform. Let’s fact-check this post through this article.
Claim: Former President of the United States Donald Trump’s suspended Twitter account is reinstated.
Fact: Twitter suspended the account of Donald Trump on 08 January 2021. The name of his official Twitter handle was @realDonaldTrump. The screenshot of the tweet in a viral post is of a tweet made by a parody account, @TheUltGmr. Donald Trump’s account has not been reinstated. Hence, the claim made in the post is FALSE.
After SpaceX & Tesla CEO Elon Musk took over Twitter, speculations about Donald Trump’s suspended account getting reinstated began on the internet. The viral post is also being shared in the same context. To confirm if Twitter truly reinstated his account, we ran a keyword search on the internet and were led to a tweet with the content shown in the viral post.
The tweet was made by a Twitter handle named @TheUltGmr, which reads, ‘Thank you, @elonmusk! Feels great to be back. Hope all the haters and losers have missed me!.’ This is a parody account whose Twitter bio reads, ‘we do a little trolling. (this is a parody) Smash players love me.’ This clearly means that it is just a parody profile of Donald Trump.
Donald Trump’s Twitter account,@realDonaldTrump, was permanently suspended on 08 January 2021 and remains suspended as of writing this fact-check. Twitter’s official blog post regarding the suspension can be read here.
To sum it up, Donald Trump’s Twitter account is not restored as of 30 October 2022; this tweet is posted by a parody account.