Source: Wyatt | NwoReport
Speaking virtually at a conference in London on Tuesday, Musk said that Twitter’s move to ban the former US president ‘was a morally bad decision and foolish in the extreme’.
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‘I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,’ added Musk, specifically addressing Trump’s removal from Twitter for the first time since launching his takeover of the company last month.
Trump was banned from Twitter in January of 2021, in response to his supporters storming the US Capitol and attempting to block the certification of Joe Biden‘s election victory.
Trump, who recently launched his own competing service dubbed Truth Social, has previously claimed that he would not return to Twitter even if he was invited back.
Appearing virtually at the FT Future of the Car conference, Musk called Twitter’s ban of Trump a ‘mistake’.
‘It alienated a large part of the country, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice. He is now going to be on Truth Social,’ said Musk.
Musk said that he had discussed the subject of permanent bans, or ‘permabans’ with Twitter, co-founder Jack Dorsey, whom he said shared his opinion.
‘He and I are of the same mind, which is that permanent bans should be extremely rare, and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or spam/scam accounts,’ said Musk.
‘I would reverse the permaban [of Trump]’ he said, adding: ‘obviously I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not something that will definitely happen.’
But my opinion, and I want to be clear that Jack Dorsey shares this opinion, is that we should not have permabans,’ said Musk.
In his remarks on Tuesday, Musk also said that his acquisition of Twitter, which is still subject to a shareholder approval, could close well before the October deadline.
‘Just objectively it is not a done deal,’ he said. ‘The best case scenario is that it would perhaps be done in two or three months.’
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