American businessman Elon Musk said today that he would cancel the permanent ban imposed by former President Donald Trump on Twitter, if he bought that social network, for which he offered about 41 billion euros.
“(…) I will reverse the permanent ban,” stressed Elon Musk, speaking via video at a summit on the future of cars organized by Britain’s Financial Times.
The businessman asserted that Trump’s Twitter ban was a “morally bad decision” and “extremely unwise,” noting that permanent Twitter account bans should be rare and reserved for fraudulent accounts or automated “bots.”
Twitter banned the account of the former US head of state in January 2021 for “inciting violence” after the invasion of the US Capitol, which took place on the sixth of the same month.
“I think it was a mistake, because it alienated a lot of the country and it didn’t silence Donald Trump,” said Elon Musk, adding that it “can frankly end up being worse than having one forum where everyone can discuss.”
Elon Musk has indicated that his opinion about permanent expulsion is shared by co-founder and former CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey.
Trump had previously said he did not intend to return to the social network even if his account was reactivated, telling conservative US Fox News in April that he would focus on his (Truth Social) service, which he was offering. Since its launch in early 2022.
The former president of the United States told Fox News, “I’m not going to Twitter. I will, in fact.”
“I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’s going to make improvements and he’s a good guy, but I’ll stay with Truth,” he added.
Contacted by the Associated Press, a Trump spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on Musk’s comments.
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