Elon Musk said on Tuesday that if he took control of Twitter, he would lift the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account decided after the attack on Capitol Hill. The billionaire considered that the banishment of the former American president was a “morally wrong” and “insane” decision.
“I think it was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and ultimately did not prevent Donald Trump from being heard” since he is now on his own social network, underlined the entrepreneur during a conference organized by the FinancialTimes. Donald Trump was banned from Twitter on January 8, 2021 due to the risk of inciting violence after the violent attack on the Capitol.
He himself ruled out returning to the social network, about to be bought by the founder of Tesla and SpaceX for 44 billion dollars. According to the founder of Tesla and SpaceX, “permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for, for example, fake accounts.
Temporary rather than permanent suspensions
“That doesn’t mean anyone can say whatever they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world,” Elon Musk added. But then you have to consider temporary suspensions or tweets “which are made invisible” or “with a very limited scope”.
“But I think permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a public place where everyone can voice their opinion,” he said. The richest man in the world has decided to buy Twitter to make it a private company, not listed on the stock exchange, and wants to make it a bastion of freedom of expression, which he considers flouted by too strict content moderation .
Monday, after a visit by the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to Texas, the businessman however assured that he fully agreed with the new European rules on the regulation of social networks, which will constrain the major platforms to better fight against illegal content.