Elon Musk will restore President Donald Trump to Twitter after acquiring the company.
By Richard Moorhead May 10, 2022
Musk described Trump’s ban as “morally wrong,” even going so far as to describe the permanent ban as “flat-out stupid.”
The self-made billionaire was giving a keynote interview at FT Live’s “Future of the Car” conference on Tuesday.
Musk emphasized that he objected to the idea of permanent bans on Twitter.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts,” Musk said of the ban.
“I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country.”
“Banning Trump from Twitter didn’t end Trump’s voice. It will amplify it among the right,” Musk continued.
“And this is why it is morally wrong and flat-out stupid.”
Even if Trump were to be allowed back on Twitter, it’s not a sure bet that he’d even want to come back.
Trump has emphasized that he plans to stick with his personal social media platform, Truth Social.
However, it’s hard to imagine that the former president would forsake the chance to come back.
Musk suggested that the political segregation of the internet would be a bad development for democracy, depriving the public of a neutral forum to discuss competing views.
Martin comments: Regardless of whether or not Trump actually wants to return to Twitter or not is beside the point; What matters is equality of treatment for all and the right to freedom of speech. Those with good memories will recall that Trump was censored at the point where he was actually calling for calm and peace during the Capitol storming. The censorship was used to silence Trump’s words to make the guy appear to be the instigator. The bottom line is that it’s a sound business move by Musk and will do much to rebuild Twitter’s image. As for Musk himself, I’m still wary of him and his true allegiances and motives. For the moment I’ll give him the benefit of doubt.