Elon Musk says he will lift Trump’s lifetime ban on Twitter

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On Tuesday, the future owner of Twitter answered the social network’s main question, leaving no room for doubt that if Elon Musk gets his way, the doors of the platform will be closed. wide open for trump.

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“I really think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said in an interview at the Financial Times Future of the Car Summit. — I think it was a mistake.

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In January 2021, Trump was given a permanent ban from accessing the platform for incitement to violence when thousands of his supporters violently stormed the US Capitol building.

Musk went on to explain that he believes Trump’s ban “alienated much of the country” and did nothing to silence the former president—a dubious claim given that the country has closely monitored Trump’s continuous Twitter activity for four consecutive years. Trump on Twitter was not interrupted by Trump’s voice,” Musk said. “It will strengthen him among the right, and that is why it is immoral and downright stupid.”

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For now, Musk appears to be buying the former president’s claim that he has no interest in a return to his former social network, where he once interacted directly with nearly 90 million followers. While Trump spends his days alone new social app, Truth Social.

In his comments, Musk did not speak directly about Trump’s role in the attack on the Capitol and instead focused on the political implications of the decision and his belief that only bots and spam accounts should be permanently banned from Twitter. He also stated that permanent bans “mainly undermine the credibility of Twitter as a city square where everyone can have their say.”

Asked directly if this meant he would reinstate Trump, Musk said he would lift the former president’s lifetime ban, calling it a “morally bad decision” that was “extremely stupid.”

“Obviously I don’t have Twitter yet,” Musk said. “So it’s not something that’s bound to happen, because what if I don’t have Twitter?” He also cited former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s vague comments that the platform should not issue lifetime Twitter bans despite Dorsey’s hands-on role in the decision to remove Trump from office.

Despite his vision of a “free speech”-focused Twitter with very little moderation, Musk expressed support for some of Twitter’s existing content moderation tools, including account suspensions and restricted access in cases where content is illegal or “otherwise downright destructive.” to the world.”




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