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Elon Musk says he will allow Donald Trump to return to Twitter

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Elon Musk said Tuesday that he would allow former President Donald Trump to return to Twitter if Tesla’s CEO fulfills his plan to buy the company on social media. Trump was forever banned from a social networking site three days later January 6 attack on the Capitol because of the “risk of further incitement to violence”.

In an exclusive interview with Financial Times at a Future of the Car conference on Tuesday, Musk was asked about Trump’s potential return to Twitter. Commenting on when permanent bans should be applied, Musk said he would “lift the permanent ban” against Trump, adding: “I don’t own Twitter yet, so it’s definitely not going to happen.”

Musk noted that since then, Trump has resorted to using the platform The truth is social, which was created by the Trump Media & Technology Group. After Musk acquired Twitter, Trump said it would anyway don’t think about returning on the platform, even if his account is restored.

Instead, he told Fox News last month that the number of users on Truth Social is growing and that the platform is “much better than Twitter”.

“The bottom line is that no, I’m not going back to Twitter,” he said.

But Trump’s use of a different platform, Musk said, “is worse than having a single forum where everyone can discuss.”

“I think it was a mistake because it alienated much of the country and ultimately did not lead to Donald Trump not having the right to vote,” Musk said. “… Trump’s ban on Twitter did not stop Trump’s voice. He will strengthen it among the right, and therefore it is morally wrong and absolutely stupid.”

Trump was banned after last year’s deadly attack on the US Capitol. Prior to the attack, he regularly advertised conspiracy theories and false allegations of voter fraud, which contributed to the January 6 attack, during which a crowd of his supporters tried to cancel the 2020 presidential election.

“After carefully reviewing the latest tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them, we have suspended work forever due to the risk of further incitement to violence,” the Twitter statement said.

Asked if he supported his statements, even taking into account Twitter’s initial arguments for banning the then president, Musk said “bad” tweets should simply be removed or made invisible. A “temporary suspension” would also be appropriate, he said.

“Permanent bans just fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a city square where everyone can have a say,” he said. “I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and stupidly extreme.”

Musk said that in his opinion, permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for “bots or accounts for spam / fraud.” However, this does not mean that people will be able to say whatever they want, he said.

Anyone who publishes something illegal or “destructive to the world” should face a “timeout,” a temporary suspension, or make their tweet invisible, Musk said.

Musk reached a deal in late April buy Twitter for $ 44 billionsaying after the deal was announced that he plans to ensure the platform is dedicated to free speech.

“Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is a digital urban space where issues vital to the future of humanity are discussed,” he said in a statement.

The Twitter deal could close this year.

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