Elon Musk To Reverse Twitter’s Ban On Trump
Trump will be back on Twitter in no time, at least if Elon Musk’s take over completes and everything goes to plan.
Elon Musk said Tuesday that he will reverse Twitter’s permanent ban on former President Donald Trump.
This will eventually end the over two years ban on the former President’s account after the leftist media said he incited insurrection on January 6th.
Musk, who purchased Twitter last month for $44 billion, said at FT Live’s Future of the Car conference that it was “not correct to ban Donald Trump.”
“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the county, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” Musk said, adding that the decision was “morally bad.”
“That doesn’t mean that someone gets to say whatever they want to say,” Musk said. “If they say something that is illegal or destructive to the world, then there should be perhaps a timeout, temporary suspension or that particular tweet should be made invisible or have very little traction.”
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk added.
Once Musk’s purchase of Twitter is finalized he is expected to serve as the company’s CEO for a period of time.
Musk indicated that action could be taken against an account if there were tweets that violated platform policy, which he said, “should be either deleted or made invisible, and a suspension—a temporary suspension—is appropriate, but not a permanent ban.”
Musk said that permanent bans “should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts.”
But will Trump be willing to come back to the platform?
Trump stated last month that he won’t be going back on Twitter because of how he was treated by the platform and because he says that platform was “boring.”
In addition to reversing the Trump ban, Musk said he would make permanent bans “extremely rare,” reserving them for “bots or spam, scam accounts where there’s just no legitimacy to the account at all.”
Musk also expanded on his vision for Twitter’s content moderation. Previously, Musk has said he intends for Twitter to limit its content moderation to that which governments have deemed explicitly illegal — and not to go much further.
But on Tuesday, Musk conceded that there could be a wide range of objectionable content that he would want Twitter to enforce against. In addition to illegal content, Musk identified two other categories of content that could be subject to penalties: speech that is “destructive to the world” and “wrong and bad.”
“If they say something that is illegal or otherwise just destructive to the world, then there should be perhaps a timeout, a temporary suspension, or that particular tweet should be made invisible or have very limited traction,” Musk said. He added: “I think if there are tweets that are wrong and bad, those should be either deleted or made invisible, and a suspension, a temporary suspension is appropriate but not a permanent ban.”