Tycoon Elon Musk said on Tuesday that would reverse Twitter’s ban on former President Donald Trump when the social network’s purchase operation is finalized.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, scams, spam accounts… I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said during the conference. Future of the Car from FT Live.
“I think it was a error, because it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately didn’t result in Donald Trump having no voice”, he added.
“I would reverse the permanent ban”Musk added. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So this is not like something that will definitely happen, because what if it turns out that I don’t own Twitter?
Banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021 due to risk of incitement to violence, Trump had ruled out last Monday that he will return: “I’m not going back to Twitter, I’m staying on TRUTH,” he told Fox News, referring to the Truth Social platform he launched in February and has presented as a conservative alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
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On the night of Tuesday to Wednesday last week, Elon Musk had tweeted that “Truth Social (bad name) exists because Twitter censored free speech.”
Politicians, militants and voters Republicans accuse Twitter of favoring Democrats and of violating freedom of expression with the closure of conservative accounts.
Before buying Twitter, Elon Musk had criticized her for her severity with freedom of expression and content moderation.
“Freedom of expression is the basis of a functioning democracy and Twitter is the digital public square where vital issues for the future of humanity are debated”, assured the owner of Tesla and SpaceX when buying Twitter.
“By ‘freedom of expression,’ what I mean is what the law is about. The censorship that I oppose is the one that widely exceeds (the framework) of the law”, he added.
For the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), this social network “plays a fundamental role in informing public opinion” but fears “a wave of disinformation that sows doubts about the very notion of the facts and the collection of information, discrediting and fueling the defamation against journalists,” he told the agency AFP.
Musk, who is the richest man in the world, founder of Tesla and SpaceX, became the owner of the platform at the end of April, which he considers as “the digital public square where vital issues for the future of humanity are debated”depending on the ad text.