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Anthony Weiner makes return to Twitter following near-10-year hiatus

CORRECTS BYLINE TO ROBERT BUMSTED- In this image made from video, disgraced ex-Congressman Anthony Weiner leaves a federal courthouse where the Probation Department is located, in New York, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Weiner visited his probation officer a day after leaving a halfway house at the conclusion of a 21-month prison sentence for his illegal internet contact with a 15-year-old girl. (AP Photo/Robert Bumsted) Robert Bumsted/AP

Anthony Weiner makes return to Twitter following near-10-year hiatus

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Former New York Rep. Anthony Weiner returned to Twitter on Thursday after disappearing from the platform in 2013.

Weiner attempted to rejoin the platform under a new handle in January 2012 but only tweeted three times between starting the account and 2019. This most recent return is to the account he used while in Congress.

“Advice for returning to Twitter,” Weiner captioned a poll that he tweeted to announce his return. Users were given the choices of “Update your bio and then run,” “Act like nothing happened,” or “Just don’t.”

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https://twitter.com/repweiner/status/1539606293853474816

Nearly 8,000 Twitter users participated in the poll as of this report, with over 64% voting that Weiner should not return to the platform. Just over 5% voted that he change his biography, which currently describes him as the host of a 77WABC show who is “grateful for everything, even the bad stuff.” The final nearly 30% voted that he ought to act like nothing happened.

Weiner resigned from Congress in 2013 over a sexting scandal with a 15-year-old, which would eventually lead to his conviction, a 21-month prison sentence, and his registering as a sex offender. He has been a free man since 2019.

“Trump is banned but this perv is allowed back on?” attorney Matt Rooney wrote.

https://twitter.com/MattRooneyNJ/status/1539795064536326144

Donald Trump sounded the alarm on Weiner when the congressman started his new account in 2012, warning Twitter: “All girls under the age of 18, block him immediately.”

“Maybe stay off it longer,” social media manager Brett Rosner replied.

https://twitter.com/Brosner85/status/1539688216890118144

“Anthony… save everyone the headache and just don’t,” former communications professional Erin Perrine wrote.

https://twitter.com/ErinMPerrine/status/1539695467721883649

“Is the toaster still loyal?” podcaster Stephen Miller wrote. This was in reference to one tweet from Weiner in 2011 in which he complained about a hack to his Facebook account, joking that his blender would turn on him next. Weiner hashtagged that, however, #TheToasterIsVeryLoyal. Weiner would go on to blame the revelation of his sexting scandal on various hacks into his Twitter.

https://twitter.com/redsteeze/status/1540012644341411840

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After he resigned, Weiner admitted to sexting three additional women. It’s unclear whether any were minors.

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