Thursday May 26, 2022

Elon Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ‘foolish’ ban of Donald Trump

Billionaire Elon Musk, who is set to buy Twitter, has said he would reverse the platform’s “foolish” ban on former US president Donald Trump.

The tech tycoon said: “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump, I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.

“He is now going to be on Truth Social [another social media platform] will a large part of the right in the United States and so I think that can frankly end up worse than having a single form where everyone can debate.”

Musk added: “I think permanent bans undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can voice their opinion. I think it was a morally bad decision (to ban him) and foolish in the extreme.”

Mr Trump was removed from Twitter in January 2021 following the attack by his supporters on the US Capitol.

The company said it made the decision after the 6 January riot “due to the risk of further incitement of violence”.

Mr Trump at the time had more than 80 million followers on the platform.

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