Elon Musk To Restore Donald Trump’s Twitter Account After His Deal Is Completed
Elon Musk Will Unban Donald Trump’s Twitter Account
Elon Musk stated on Tuesday that if his deal to buy Twitter is completed, he will restore former President Donald Trump’s banned Twitter account.
Elon Musk’s statements at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference are his first public acknowledgement of what has been widely expected since he revealed ambitions to purchase Twitter for $44 billion.
Elon Musk has previously stated that Twitter should be “reluctant to delete things” and “very cautious with permanent bans.” He called Twitter’s plan to ban Trump in January 2021 a “mistake” on Tuesday.
“I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump, I think that was a mistake,” Musk said. “I would reverse the perma-ban. … But my opinion, and Jack Dorsey, I want to be clear, shares this opinion, is that we should not have perma-bans.”
Following Musk’s statements, Twitter cofounder and former CEO Jack Dorsey tweeted Tuesday that he “agrees” that permanent bans on Twitter users are unnecessary. “There are exceptions,” he continued, “but permanent bans are generally a failure of ours and do not work.”
Following the January 6 Capitol Riot, Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter for breaking the platform’s rules against inciting violence, a move made by Dorsey, according to the company.
Trump has stated that even if his account is restored, he would not return to Twitter, instead pushing his own social media business, Truth Social, which has so far struggled to gain traction.
“Banning Trump from Twitter didn’t end Trump’s voice, it will amplify it among the right and this is why it’s morally wrong and flat out stupid,” Musk said at the event on Tuesday.
“I will say that I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?” Elon Musk said.
Musk has mentioned that his objective is to strengthen free speech on Twitter and to make it clearer to users when the platform takes actions that affect what people see on the platform.
“I would literally put the Twitter algorithm on GitHub and say like, ‘Hey, anyone want to suggest changes to this? Please go ahead,'” Musk said, adding that he sees such a move as a way to “build transparency and trust.”
“I think Twitter needs to be much more evenhanded. It currently has a strong left bias because it’s based in San Francisco,” he said. “I don’t think the people there necessarily intend, or at least some of them don’t intend, to have a left bias. They just, from their perspective, it seems moderate, but they’re just coming after it from an environment that is very far left.”
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