Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to undo Donald Trump’s ban from Twitter. Musk, who is taking over the social media company, calls the measure against the former US president a mistake.
“I think it was a bad decision morally,” Musk said in a virtual speech at an event about the future of the car on Tuesday. Tesla boss said trust in the social media company would be undermined if people were permanently banned from Twitter.
According to Musk, everyone on the platform should be able to debate with each other, even if people differ. “But that doesn’t mean you can say anything you want,” he emphasizes. “If something is illegal or harmful, then the person should be temporarily banned and messages should be hidden.”
Trump was banned from Twitter after he was charged with sedition after the storming of the Capitol in Washington on January 6 last year. Facebook banned him until at least 2023. Trump tried unsuccessfully to get his Twitter account back through a judge.
The former president started his own social network last February: Truth Social. At the end of April, he announced that he would not return on Twitter, even if he gets his account back as a result of the acquisition by Musk.
The Tesla CEO bought Twitter in April for about $44 billion (about $41.7 billion). The acquisition has yet to be approved.