Elon Musk Would Reverse Twitter’s Trump Ban

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Tesla CEO Elon Musk would reverse Twitter’s ban of former President Donald Trump from the platform after he buys the company.

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Twitter (ticker: TWTR) permanently suspended Trump’s account in January 2021 for violating its Glorification of Violence policy, citing risks that allowing more tweets could lead to further violence after the Jan. 6 breach of the US Capitol.

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“I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said during an interview at a Financial Times virtual conference on autos. “I would reverse the permaban.”

He pointed out that he doesn’t yet own Twitter, so this isn’t something that will definitely happen.

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Musk said he had spoken to Twitter founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey and that the two were “of the same mind” that permanent bans should be extremely rare and more for bots or spam scams.

Dorsey tweeted that “it was a business decision, it shouldn’t have been. and we should always revisit our decisions and evolve as necessary. I … still believe that permanent bans of individuals are directionally wrong.”

The Tesla (TSLA) CEO added, “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.”

Musk added, “I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme.”

Tweets that are wrong or bad, “those should be either deleted or made invisible, and a suspension—a temporary suspension—is appropriate, but not a permanent ban,” Musk said,

Musk has negotiated a deal to buy Twitter for $44 billion, which Twitter’s board has accepted. Last week, he disclosed he has cobbled together commitments from 19 co-investors who will put up $7.14 billion in equity financing to help him buy the company.

Musk said Tuesday that the transaction isn’t a done deal, and that it still has to be approved by Twitter’s shareholders, among other steps.

Musk has compared Twitter to a public square but said it suffers from a politically left-leaning bias and “needs to be much more evenhanded.” He has called for changes including eliminating bots and scams, making Twitter’s software open code, and reducing advertising, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Trump, a prolific tweeter once had 88 million followers on Twitter, was also banned from Twitch, Snapchat (SNAP), YouTube, Facebook (FB), and Instagram after the Jan. 6 attack. Trump has since started his own social media platform, Truth Social, and has said he doesn’t plan to return to Twitter

Write to Janet H. Cho at [email protected]

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