Elon Musk has said that he would lift the Twitter ban on Donald Trump if the deal between Tesla and SolarCity closes. This would be a major change in policy for Musk, who has been very critical of Trump in the past.
Musk made the comments in an interview with Bloomberg, saying that he believes Trump should be allowed to use Twitter as a platform to communicate with the public. Musk also said that he would be willing to have a conversation with Trump about the matter.
This potential change in policy comes as a surprise, given Musk’s previous statements about Trump. In the past, Musk has called Trump a “reckless idiot” and said that he would not vote for him in the presidential election.
It is unclear if Musk’s offer to lift the ban on Trump is serious or not. However, it shows that he is willing to work with the president-elect on issues that are important to him.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former President Donald Trump if his acquisition of the social media platform goes through.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts,” Musk said at FT Live’s Future of the Car conference. “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 and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
Twitter banned Trump in January after he posted a series of tweets that incited violence following the Capitol riot. The company said at the time that the move was “in the public interest.”
Musk has been critical of Twitter in the past, saying in 2018 that it was “lame” and full of “bots and censors.” He also said in 2019 that he was considering taking Tesla private due to “constant negative news coverage.”
It’s unclear if Musk is serious about acquiring Twitter, or if he was just making a point about free speech. He didn’t elaborate on how he would go about acquiring the platform.
Twitter permanently banned Donald Trump from its platform in January 2021 after the attack on the U.S. Capitol by his supporters.
The company said they made the decision due to the risk of further incitement of violence. However, following the ban, Tesla CEO Elon Musk said he would reverse the permanent ban if he owned Twitter. He explained that Trump was an avid tweeter with over 80 million followers at the time and that banning him from the platform would silence a large group of people.
Musk also said that he doesn’t currently own Twitter, so there’s no guarantee that the ban will be reversed if he were to take over the company. Only time will tell if Musk will be able to make good on his promise to reverse Trump’s Twitter ban.
Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk on Tuesday acknowledged that President Donald Trump said he wouldn’t return to Twitter, but some people close to the former president say they expect him to return to the platform anyway. White House officials and Democratic strategists have worried about a Musk Twitter takeover ahead of the 2024 presidential election.
It’s unclear if Trump will actually return to Twitter, but the possibility has been enough to cause concern among those who fear a repeat of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
If Trump does return to Twitter, it’s likely that he will use the platform to try to rally his supporters and further his own political ambitions. As such, it’s important for those who are concerned about democracy and the rule of law to keep a close eye on what Trump does next.