Elon Musk continues to announce changes on Twitter, although the purchase of the company has not yet become effective. One of them would be the return of the account of former President Donald Trump, permanently suspended in 2021 following attacks by his supporters on the US Capitol.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, scams, spam accounts… I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said at FT Live’s Future of the Car conference. “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately didn’t result in Donald Trump having no voice.”
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” the South African stressed. However, he also remembered: he is not yet head of Twitter. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So this is not like something that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t get to own Twitter?
Musk offered $44 billion to buy Twitter. but the members of this continue discussing if they will accept them. In the event that it does not happen, they must give a billion dollars as compensation. And if Musk withdraws his offer, he is the one who must pay the company that amount.
Trump called on his supporters to push for Joe Biden not to be recognized as president in January 2021. On the 6th of that month, they attacked the headquarters of Congress, in events that left at least five dead and dozens injured, in addition to several property damages.
The former US president, an avid tweeter, continued to encourage his followers. ANDIt was at this point that Twitter decided to permanently suspend it, “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Donald Trump doesn’t want to return to Twitter
Although Musk’s offer to return his account to Trump has been constant, the former president expressed his refusal to return to the social network. “No, I will not return to Twitter”, Trump told CNBC.
Following the ban, Trump launched Truth Social, billed as a free speech alternative to big tech platforms.
“I will be in Truth Social always. We have a lot of people signed up,” said Trump, who also praised the head of Tesla and SpaceX.
“I like Elon Musk. I like him a lot. He is an excellent individual (but) we did a lot for Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed in the way Twitter treated me. I will not return to Twitter.
Jack Dorsey supports Elon Musk in his decision about Trump
Twitter founder Jack Dorsey supported Musk’s decision to return the account to Trump. “I agree,” he tweeted, in response to a post by Axios’ Dan Primarck. “There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but usually permanent bans are our fault and don’t work.”
Dorsey was CEO of Twitter when the Trump ban was implemented.
“It was a business decision, it shouldn’t have been. And we must always review our decisions and evolve, as necessary. He said in that thread and I continue to believe that permanent bans of individuals are directionally wrong.”