Elon Musk: ‘I guess I would like to’ overturn Donald Trump’s Twitter ban

One of the questions surrounding Elon Musk’s impending purchase of Twitter is what will become of Donald Trump. The former president’s account was banned on January 8, 2021, “due to the risk of further incitement to violence”, while Jack Dorsey was still the company’s CEO. During a remote interview during the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference and streamed live on YouTube, the current Tesla and SpaceX CEO answered a straightforward question about the ban and what will happen when he owns Twitter.

With the caveat that “I don’t own Twitter yet, so it’s not, like, a thing that’s definitely going to happen,” Musk said, “I guess the answer is I, I would reverse the permaban ‘, citing a shared opinion with his text messaging pal Dorsey that permabans shouldn’t exist except for bots and spam.

I have spoken to Jack Dorsey about this and he and I are of the same opinion that permanent bans should be extremely rare and we reserve [them] for accounts that are bots or spam/scam accounts, where there is no legitimacy to be responsible.

I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated much of the country and ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from speaking out, he’s now going to be on Truth Social as will much of the right in the States States, and so I think it could end up being frankly worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate. So I guess the answer is I would reverse the permaban, obviously I don’t own Twitter yet so that’s not a thing that will definitely happen, because if I don’t own Twitter? But my opinion and Jack Dorsey to be clear shares that opinion is that we shouldn’t have permabans.

As he went on to explain in more detail, he says his opinion is that the ban was wrong because it “alienated much of the country and didn’t stop Donald Trump from having his voice heard.” As he put it, it’s “frankly worse” for Trump to switch to his own app, Truth Social. Musk closed his response by pointing out that, at least so far, Trump says he will only use his own app and not return to “boring” Twitter at all.


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