Elon Musk says he will rescind Trump’s Twitter ban

Musk’s comments at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference represented his first public admission of what had been widely expected since the billionaire announced plans to buy the social media giant for $44 billion.

Musk has previously said he believes Twitter should be more “reluctant to delete things” and “very careful with permanent bans.” On Tuesday, he called Twitter’s decision to ban Trump in January 2021 a “mistake.”

“I think it wasn’t right to ban Donald Trump, I think that was wrong,” Musk said. “I’m going to repeal the permanent ban…but my opinion, and Jack Dorsey, I want to be clear, I share that opinion, is that we shouldn’t have a perma ban.”

Dorsey, co-founder and former CEO of Twitter, chirp Tuesday, after Musk said he “agrees” there should be no permanent ban on Twitter users. “There are exceptions…but the permanent ban in general is a failure for us and does not work,” he said.

Twitter declined to comment on Musk’s comments.

Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter after the January 6 Capitol riots for violating the platform’s rules against inciting violence, a decision the company said was chaired by Dorsey. Other social platforms have followed suit in banning or suspending Trump’s account.
For his part, Trump has said he will not return to Twitter even if his account is restored, and instead is promoting his own social media project, Truth Social, which appears to be struggling so far to get off the ground.

“Blocking Trump from Twitter has not ended Trump’s voice, it will amplify him among the right which is why it is so morally wrong and totally stupid,” Musk said at the event on Tuesday.

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX He admitted that his takeover of Twitter and Trump’s return had yet to be a final deal. “I’ll say I don’t own Twitter yet, so that’s not something that’s going to happen for sure, because what if I don’t own Twitter?” He said.

There are still some questions about whether Musk will actually go ahead with the deal, or whether he will back out are you here (TSLA) Equity over the past month may adversely affect his ability to finance the transaction. Twitter (TWTR) The stock traded around $47.70 on Tuesday afternoon, well below Musk’s offer price of $54.20 per share, indicating some investor skepticism about the prospect of a deal closing.
But that hasn’t stopped Musk from continuing to explain his plans for the platform in recent weeks. Musk said his goal is to promote freedom of expression on the platform and to make it clear to users when the platform takes actions that affect what people see on Twitter.

On Tuesday, he reiterated his desire to rid Twitter of bots that promote spam or scams, and His plan is to make the Twitter algorithm available for everyone to see And how are we.

“I would literally put the Twitter algorithm on GitHub and say like, ‘Hey, anyone want to suggest changes to this?'” Musk said. Please go ahead,” he said, adding that he sees such a move as a way “to build transparency and trust.” “

He also criticized what he sees as political bias on Twitter, echoing claims by some prominent figures on the right.

“I think Twitter needs to be a lot more fair,” he said. “It currently has a strong left bias because it’s located in San Francisco.” “I don’t think the people there necessarily mean, or at least some of them do not intend, to bias the left. They just, from their point of view, seem moderate, but they pursue it from the very distant environment.”

(Twitter previously said that its algorithms and employees do not discriminate against any particular political view.)

In addition to unblocking Trump, Musk said he would make permanent bans “extremely rare,” while keeping them for “bot or spam and fraud accounts where there is absolutely no legitimacy to the account.”

Musk has also expanded his vision to moderate Twitter content. Previously, Musk has said he intends to limit Twitter moderation of content to what governments deem explicitly illegal — not going any further.

But on Tuesday, Musk acknowledged the possibility of a wide range of objectionable content he wants Twitter to force against him. In addition to illegal content, Musk identified two other categories of content that could be subject to penalties: “world-destroying” speech and “wrong and bad.”

“If they say something illegal or world-destroying,” Musk said, “there could be a timeout, a temporary suspension, or that particular Tweet should be rendered invisible or have very limited impact.” He added, “I think if there are wrong and bad tweets, they should either be deleted or made invisible, and the suspension, temporary suspension is appropriate but not permanent ban.”

Musk did not mention the metrics Twitter might use to determine if a tweet was “wrong and bad” or “world-destroying,” and when it might choose one type of punishment over another.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Trump’s ban from Twitter. That was in January 2021.


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