Elon Musk, a billionaire, is in talks to buy Twitter. He has stated that he will reverse Twitter’s ban on Donald Trump, the former US president, if the acquisition goes through.
Tech tycoon and tech mogul said that permanent bans should be rare and reserved for accounts that are spam accounts, bots, or scam accounts. It was wrong to ban Donald Trump.
“I believe that it was a mistake as it alienated large parts of the country, but did not result in Donald Trump losing his voice.”
“I would reverse the temporary ban,” Mr Musk said. I don’t have Twitter yet. This isn’t something that will happen. What if I don’t have Twitter?
Last week, Mr. Musk raised $7bn from new investors to fund his $44bn takeover. He said: “I believe permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust and confidence in Twitter as a community square where everyone can express their opinions. It was a bad moral decision to ban him and foolish in extreme.
He claimed that Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, the former CEO of Twitter, shared his disapproval of permanent bans.
At a summit Mr Musk stated that Mr Trump will be “now going to have on Truth Social [another platform for social media] as will a large portion of the right in America and so I think this could end up being worse than having one form where everyone can discuss”.
Mister Musk’s comments were responded to by Mr Dorsey via Twitter. “I agree.” While there are exceptions (CSE and illegal behaviour), however, permanent bans are generally a failure of ours.
The White House administration of Joe Biden stated that it was up to the private sector company to decide who will be allowed onto their platform.
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In January 2021, Donald Trump was temporarily suspended from Twitter following an attack on the US Capitol which left many people dead and several others.
According to the tech company, the decision was made after the 6 January riots “due the risk of further violence incitation”.
At the time, Donald Trump had more than 80 millions followers on Twitter.
After Musk declared that he wanted to take over the company, it was a free speech platform. Questions arose as to whether Mr Trump would be invited back.
The 50-year old entrepreneur stated Tuesday that if someone posts something illegal on Twitter, there should be a timeout or temporary suspension. Or that tweet should be made inaccessible or have very limited traction.
Last month, Mr Trump stated that he wouldn’t return to the company if given the opportunity.
The former president said to Joe Kernen on CNBC that “No, I won’t be going back Twitter.”
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“I will be on Truth Social in the next week. It’s all on time. There are many people who have signed up. I like Elon Musk. He is a great person. He is a great person. When I was at the White House, we did a lot of work for Twitter. Twitter treated me poorly. Trump stated that he would not be returning to Twitter.