Tesla CEO, who is now set to acquire Twitter, has stated that he would reverse the permanent Twitter ban imposed on former US President Donald Trump if his acquisition goes through. The billionaire said, “Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts. I do think it was not correct to impose a permanent Twitter ban on Donald Trump.”
The Permanent Twitter Ban Resulted in Donald Trump Not Having a Voice
He further 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. I would reverse the permanent Twitter ban. I don’t own Twitter yet. So, this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”
Furthermore, Elon Musk, who last week secured $7 billion from new investors for his $44 billion takeover, went on: “I think permanent bans just fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can voice their opinion. I think it was a morally bad decision [to place a permanent Twitter ban on him] and foolish in the extreme.” The Tesla and SpaceX CEO expressed his disapproval of permanent Twitter bans and it was also shared by Twitter co-founder and former CEO Jack Dorsey.
Talking to the Financial Times at a summit, Elon Musk said that Donald Trump is “now going to be on Truth Social [another social media platform] as will a large part of the right in the United States and so I think this can frankly end up worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate”.
The Government Cannot Interfere in Private Companies’ Affairs
Replying to Elon Musk’s comments, Jack Dorsey wrote on Twitter: “I do agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but generally, permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work.” Joe Biden’s White House government said it was a decision for a private sector company to make on who will or will not be allowed on their platform.