Elon Musk says he’s ready to reverse Donald Trump’s Twitter ban

Image from Donald Trump's Twitter account, August 2020.

Soon the end of purgatory for Donald Trump and the return of his angry messages? Elon Musk, who will buy Twitter for 44 billion dollars and presents himself as a fervent defender of freedom of expression, announced on Tuesday May 10 that he intended to cancel the exclusion of former US President Donald Trump from the social network.

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Speaking at a conference organized by the Financial Times on the future of the automobile, the boss of the carmaker Tesla called the exclusion of Donald Trump a decision “morally bad and completely stupid”. “What I want to try to say (…) is that banning Trump from Twitter doesn’t stop him from speaking out”added Mr. Musk, believing that it was even going « amplify [sa parole] to the right “.

Permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for example for false accounts, estimated the entrepreneur. “That doesn’t mean anyone can say whatever they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world”, added Mr. Musk. But then consider temporary suspensions or tweets “which are made invisible” Where “with a very limited scope”. “But I think permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a public place where everyone can express their opinion”he noted.

Elon Musk added that his distaste for permanent bans is shared by Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.

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Donald Trump on Truth Social

Twitter permanently suspended the former White House tenant’s Twitter account on January 8, 2021, two days after pro-Trump activists stormed the Capitol, citing in its decision the “risk of incitement to violence”.

This did not push the latter to silence and on the contrary made his opinion even more popular with the right-wing electorate in the United States, estimated Elon Musk.

In late April, the former president told Fox News that he would not return to the platform but would instead use his own platform, Truth Social: “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’s going to improve it and he’s a good man, but I’m going to stick with Truth. »

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Le Monde with AP, AFP and Reuters

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