Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk will soon be the new owner of Twitter if the deal goes through. Musk will reinstate former President Trump’s account once he owns the social network, he said. He called Twitter’s decision to ban Trump “morally wrong and downright stupid.” Loading Something is loading.
Billionaire Tesla CEO Elon Musk would reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account if his acquisition of the social network is successfully completed later this year.
“I would reverse the permaban,” Musk said in a live interview with the Financial Times on Tuesday afternoon. “We shouldn’t have permabans.”
Additionally, he called Twitter’s initial decision to ban Trump in January 2021, “a morally wrong decision, to be clear, and stupid in the extreme.”
At the time, Twitter banned Trump’s account “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”, following the attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Pushed specifically on the logic behind Trump’s ban, Musk said it still doesn’t warrant a permanent ban.
“I think permabans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a public place where everyone can voice their opinion,” he said. “If there are any tweets that are false and bad, those should be deleted or made invisible, and a temporary suspension is appropriate. But not a permanent ban.”
The ban did not serve to “end Trump’s voice”, he said. “It amplified it among the right. And that’s why it’s morally wrong and downright stupid.”
Musk has repeatedly referred to Twitter as the “de facto public square” of the modern age, the digital equivalent of a public forum. To that end, he criticized Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Trump from the site several times before.
Even if Trump’s account were reinstated, it’s unclear if Trump would return. He has repeatedly said he won’t and instead sticks to the social media service he started after leaving office, Truth Social.
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