The South African entrepreneur and billionaire has spoken out in favor of the reinstatement on Twitter of Donald Trump, banned by the social network in January 2021. However, the former American president does not seem willing to return to it.
Elon Musk indicated on May 10 that if he took control of Twitter, he would lift the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account decided after the events at the Capitol, believing that it was a “morally wrong” decision. and “senseless”. The multi-billionaire recently made an agreement to buy the social network for 44 billion dollars.
“I think it was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately did not prevent Donald Trump from being heard” since he is now on his own social network, underlined the entrepreneur during a conference organized by the FinancialTimes.
The former US president was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021 due to the alleged risk of inciting violence after the events on Capitol Hill. For his part, Donald Trump himself recently ruled out returning to the social network.
Musk says he thinks permanent bans should be ‘extremely rare’
“What I want to try to say […] is that banning Trump from Twitter does not prevent him from speaking,” added Elon Musk, believing that it would even “amplify [sa parole] to the right”. Permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for example for fake accounts, said the entrepreneur.
“That doesn’t mean anyone can say whatever they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world,” Elon Musk added. But then you have to consider temporary suspensions or tweets “that are made invisible” or “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 added.
The richest man in the world has decided to buy Twitter to make it a private company, not listed on the stock exchange, and wants to make it a bastion of freedom of expression, which he considers flouted by too strict content moderation .
On May 9, after a visit by the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to Texas, the businessman however assured that he fully agreed with the new European rules on the regulation of social networks, which will force the major platforms to better fight against illegal content.