A financial news site posting early Monday stirred talk that Twitter may reinstate former President Donald Trump's account after being banned for over a year.
"TWITTER INC SAID TO REINSTATE DONALD TRUMP TWITTER ACCOUNT," First Squawk posted, without citing a source for the bombshell news.
There was no announcement on Twitter itself, which — along with Facebook and YouTube — banned Trump following the Jan. 6, 2021, siege on the Capitol.
Reactions were mixed in hundreds of replies, including one poster who cheered, writing "Yea, Now twitter is gonna be fun. Missed his ridiculous tweets."
The posting follows news last week that Facebook's parent company Meta is weighing whether it will lift its platform ban on Trump, saying it's proceeding with "great caution" in deliberations.
Nick Clegg, the current Meta president for global affairs, told Semafor last week he's considering the reinstatement.
"It's not a capricious decision. We will look at the signals related to real-world harm to make a decision whether at the two-year point — which is early January next year — whether Trump gets reinstated to the platform," Clegg stated.
The prospect of a Trump return to the platform first surfaced last April when Elon Musk announced an offer to buy the platform, but soon imploded and is headed to court in October, the Verge noted.
Musk trashed Twitter's boot of Trump, telling a Financial Times conference he'd undo the ban, the Verge noted.
Trump himself, who now uses Truth Social to communicate online, in June vowed he'll "never go back" even if all was forgiven.
"Far more bots and fake accounts on Twitter than originally thought," Trump wrote on the platform. "That place is a disaster (and boring!). I will never go back!"
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Fran Beyer is a writer with Newsmax and covers national politics.
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