Musk will overturn Trump’s Twitter ban

Elon Musk thinks Trump’s Twitter ban “alienated much of the country” and says he would let him back on the platform.

Elon Musk has said he will reverse former President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban once he officially takes over the social media platform.

The Tesla tycoon, whose $44 billion (A$61.4 billion) take-over bid was accepted by Twitter’s board of directors last month, made the comment Tuesday during an interview with the FinancialTimes, reports New York Post.

“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scams, spam accounts… I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump,” Musk mentioned.

“I think it was a mistake, because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t lead to donald trump have no voice.

“I would rescind the permanent ban,” Musk added. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So it’s not like anything is going to happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter? »

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Mr. Trump was removed from Twitter and other major social media platforms following the events at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

The then-president was accused of inciting his supporters to riot on Capitol Hill while Congress was in session to officially certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.

Musk’s statement on Tuesday confirms earlier reports that he vehemently opposed Twitter’s decision to ban the 45th president from its platform.

Jared Birchall, Musk’s top aide who has been described as the ‘point man’ for the Tesla CEO’s $44 billion Twitter takeover bid, told an associate that the idea to ban a sitting president from Twitter was “crazy”, according to The Wall Street Journal.

Musk is said to have “remained appalled” that Mr. Trump is still not allowed to tweet, according to the newspaper, which cites unnamed sources familiar with the matter.

Trump supporters have been buoyed by the prospect of Musk taking over Twitter and overhauling its content moderation policy.

Mr. Trump, for his part, has vowed not to return to Twitter, instead touting his own social media platform, Truth Social.

Musk, in a rare public reference to the situation last month, said Truth Social needed to change its name.

“Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech,” the Space X founder tweeted. “Should be called Trumpet instead!

Twitter’s decision to ban Trump was a key sticking point between Musk and then-CEO Jack Dorsey.

Dorsey was initially opposed to deleting Trump from Twitter, but came to the idea after concluding that the former president had violated the service’s terms of service, according to the Log.

Nevertheless, Dorsey and Musk remained on good terms and maintained a dialogue, according to the newspaper.

Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter who stepped down as CEO last year, has endorsed Musk’s impending purchase of the company, saying the world’s richest man is a “one-stop solution” for the San Francisco-based company.

the Log also reported that Musk was considering possibly buying Twitter earlier this year after talking to the CEO of Babylon Bee.

Musk and Babylon Bee CEO Seth Dillon spoke out in March after the right-wing satirical news site was banned from Twitter for mocking Biden’s transgender administration official Rachel Levine .

The Bee published a satirical report awarding Levine with his “Man of the Year” honors, prompting Twitter to impose the ban.

Dillon told the Log that after confirming to him that the bee had indeed been removed from the site, Musk raised the possibility of buying Twitter.

This article originally appeared on New York Post and has been reproduced with permission

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