Elon Musk said that if his Twitter purchase deal were to end, it would “reverse the permanent ban” and allow former President Donald J. Trump to return to the social network, nullifying the social network’s decision after tweets by Trump on the riots on the US Capitol last year
“I think it was incorrect to ban Donald TrumpI think it was a mistake, because it alienated much of the country and ultimately didn’t lead Donald Trump to have no voice, “Musk said in a statement. Financial Times Conference Tuesday.
Twitter, along with other platforms including Facebook, prevented Trump from tweeting in the wake of the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol. Twitter claimed at the time that Trump had violated policies and risked inciting violence among his supporters. Facebook has banned Trump for similar reasons.
Musk called the decision to ban Trump “morally wrong and completely stupid”. He said individual Twitter posts could be hidden and that people could still be temporarily suspended “if they say something that is illegal or otherwise just, you know, destructive to the world.” But he said “permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter.”
Mr. Musk is completing a $ 44 billion takeover bid for Twitter, which accepted the billionaire’s offer for the social network last month. The acquisition is expected to close in the next three to six months.
Tesla’s chief executive had avoided publicly specifying how he would handle Trump’s ban state. But he had repeatedly stated his intentions to expand free speech on the platform and suggested that Twitter moved closer to democratic politics.
Mr. Trump said up interview with Fox News at the end of April they would not reunite at the platform, even if Mr. Musk lifted the ban. “I’m not going to Twitter, I’m going to stay on TRUTH,” she said at the time, referring to his app, Truth Social.