On Tuesday, Elon Musk announced that he would lift the Twitter ban on former US President Donald Trump. The Tesla boss wants to buy a social network, but the deal is far from over.
According to an agreement concluded at the end of April this year, Elon Musk, the head of Tesla and SpaceX, will take control of Twitter for $44 billion. A South African businessman announced Tuesday at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference that the deal could be completed within two to three months at best. However, he expressed reservations that there are still some issues to be resolved.
Donald Trump will be back on Twitter?
Musk called himself “the absolute freedom of speech” and suggested there would be less moderation on the stage. The billionaire said he and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey believe permanent bans should be extremely rare and reserved for accounts running bots. He also referred to the situation of former US President Donald Trump.
In early January 2021, Twitter announced a permanent ban on Trump’s account. In a statement issued at the time, the company said it made its decision based on how it received its recent contributions and the “risk of inciting violence.” Trump has been viewed by more than 88 million people on the site.
Elon Musk admitted that the decision reinforced his right-wing views, calling the ban “morally wrong and stupid.”
Earlier, Twitter temporarily banned Donald Trump’s account when supporters of the then-president stormed the Capitol. The same night, Trump posted a video on Twitter urging his supporters to return safely, stating that the election was “stolen.”
Trump previously announced on Fox News that he would not return to Twitter even if Musk bought the platform and reinstated his account. He announced that he will be using his social networking site called Truth Social, similar to Twitter.
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