(NEXSTAR) – Tesla CEO Elon Musk said on Tuesday that he would “cancel permaban” introduced on Twitter by former President Donald Trump after the riots in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.
Musk made comments during interview at the Financial Times Future of the Car event in London, calling the ban “a morally bad decision and extremely stupid.”
The 50-year-old billionaire has carefully noted that his bid to buy Twitter for $ 44 billion is still pending and not yet complete.
Musk added that he was against all permanent bans on the platform, and said the ban against Donald Trump was felt by “most of the country.” The richest man in the world added that former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey held the same view of the permanent bans.
Twitter forbidden A statement from Trump after the January 6 uprising in the US Capitol said that the decision was made on January 8 “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Following news of Mask’s successful bid to buy Twitter, Trump told Fox News he would not return to Twitter, and promised to stay at Truth Social, the former president’s new social networking platform.
“He has publicly stated that he will not return to Twitter and that he will only be in Truth Social” said Musk at the Future of Car summit. “I’m trying to say that maybe I don’t understand that Trump’s ban on Twitter didn’t stop Trump’s voice, he will strengthen it among the right, and that’s why it’s morally wrong and openly stupid.”
It remains to be seen whether Trump will want to return to Twitter, where his supporters could number in the tens of millions.
Nexstar contacted a representative of Trump’s office, but did not receive a response immediately.
Musk has long been a vocalist who called himself an absolutist of free speech, which he said was his motivation to seize what he called a “de facto urban square”. There are groups like Human Rights Watch expressed concern for the safety of platform users Musk needs to make changes to Twitter that reduce content moderation.
Before the deal takes place, however, shareholders will have to agree sell their shares at the proposed $ 54.20, and a potential Federal Trade Commission investigation could delay the sale.
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