Tesla Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Tuesday he would reverse the Twitter ban on former US President Donald Trump. The comment was made in a speech at a Financial Times conference on the future of cars.
Musk, who calls himself a “free speech absolutist,” recently signed a $44 billion deal to acquire the social media platform.
The decision broadened his views among people on the political right, Musk said, calling the ban “morally wrong and downright stupid.”
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The suspension of Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, silenced his main megaphone days before the end of his term and follows years of debate over how social media companies should moderate the accounts of powerful global leaders.
Trump was permanently banned from Twitter shortly after the January 6 riot at the US Capitol. Twitter cited “the risk of further incitement to violence” in its decision.
Trump previously told Fox News that he would not return to Twitter even if Musk purchased the platform and reinstated his account. The former president said he would use his own social media app called Truth Social, which launched on Apple’s app store in late February but glitched until more recently when it started letting in more users.
There was no immediate comment from a Trump spokesperson on Musk’s remarks.
Source: CNN Brasil