Musk, speaking virtually at a Future of the Car Summit hosted by the FinancialTimes Tuesday, said Trump’s Twitter ban was a “morally wrong decision” and “insane in the extreme.”
He said permanent Twitter account bans should be rare and reserved for accounts that are scams or automated bots.
Twitter banned Trump’s account in January 2021 for “inciting violence” following the January 6 uprising on the US Capitol.
“I’m not going to Twitter. I’m going to stay on Truth,” Trump told the network.
“I hope Elon buys Twitter because he will improve it and he’s a good man, but I’m going to stick with Truth.”
A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk’s remarks.
Musk previously gave his backing to a new European Union law aimed at protecting social media users from harmful content after meeting with the bloc’s single market chief.
EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton told The Associated Press on Tuesday that he explained to Musk how the bloc’s online regulations aim to maintain free speech while ensuring that everything illegal “will be banned in the digital space”, which Musk “fully agreed with”. “.
Breton said he told Musk that EU law includes provisions to maintain users’ rights, such as giving them the right to appeal bans.
In a video Breton tweeted on Tuesday, Musk said the two men had a “great discussion” and that he agreed with the Digital Services Act, which is expected to get final approval later this year. .
It will force big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook parent company Meta to more strictly police their platforms for illegal or harmful content like hate speech and misinformation or face billions in fines.
Musk’s plan to buy Twitter for $44 billion ($63.4 billion) has sparked fears he’ll make changes to the platform that would prioritize free speech over freedom. online security, which could put it at odds with looming rules in Europe, which has led a global movement. to crack down on the power of the tech giants.
The 65-second clip indicates that Musk’s and EU’s views may be closer than they appear.
Breton says in the video that he explained the Digital Services Act to Musk during a meeting at Tesla headquarters in Texas. Musk responds by saying it’s “exactly aligned with my thinking.”
“I agree with everything you said, really,” Musk said.
“I think we’re pretty much of the same mind and, you know, I think anything my companies can do that can benefit Europe, we want to do that.”
The attempted acquisition of Twitter by Musk, a billionaire and self-proclaimed free speech absolutist, had raised concerns that he was taking a hands-off approach to content moderation.
Breton told AP he explained to Musk that the new law means “we also need to have more moderators, and in the language that we operate in. So he understood perfectly.”
The pair agreed on the importance of being able to inspect the algorithms that determine what social media users are shown, Breton said.
The Digital Services Act requires more transparency for algorithms, and Musk has called for opening them up to public inspection.
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