According to the new owner, the decision to expel the president was “morally wrong”.
Billionaire and newly-minted owner of Twitter Elon Musk has said that after the acquisition is completed he will reverse the social media giant’s ban on former US President Donald Trump, who was exiled from the platform following the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Musk made the comment virtually on Tuesday at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car event.
“It was, in my opinion, a poor moral choice. It was foolish to the extreme,” Musk said, calling it a “mistake” that “This alienated large parts of the country, but did not result in Donald Trump losing his voice.” Far from censoring the president, he pointed out, the “Morally incorrect and outright stupid” move by Twitter actually amplified his voice among the political right.
The comment came just days after a San Francisco judge threw out the former president’s lawsuit against Twitter, whom he had accused of violating his First Amendment rights by working as a state actor on behalf of the Democratic Party.
Trump was banned almost simultaneously from Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and other ‘mainstream’ social media platforms while still in office, supposedly out of concern that his tweets about alleged voter fraud in the 2020 election would pose the “There is a risk that you will be incited to violence again.”
Musk reached an agreement to purchase Twitter last month for $44 billion, a move some users on the platform believe will herald a return to the days of more open discussion, given the Tesla tycoon’s self-professed status as a “Free speech absoluteist.” However, he has reassured worried governments he has no intention to violate any laws that may be passed restricting speech on the social network.
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Trump stated that he wouldn’t return to Twitter, even though his account had been reinstated with some 89million followers. He claimed he would rather stick to Truth Social.