President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban following the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol by his supporters was a “grave mistake” that needed to be corrected, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday. ) although he also stated that incitement to violence will remain prohibited on Twitter.
“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter corrects a serious mistake by banning your account, despite there being no violation of the law or terms of service,” Musk said in a tweet.
“Leaving an incumbent president off the platform has undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.”
Last week, Musk announced the reactivation of Trump’s account after a slim majority voted in a Twitter poll in favor of reinstatement of Trump, who said, however, he had no interest in returning to Twitter. He added that he would maintain his own social media site Truth Social, the app developed by Trump Media & Technology Group.
Republican Trump, who 10 days ago announced that he would run for election again in 2024, was banned on January 8, 2021 from Twitter under its previous owners.
At the time, Twitter said it permanently suspended him because of the risk of further incitement to violence after the Capitol invasion. The results of the November 2020 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden were being certified by lawmakers when the Capitol came under fire following weeks of false claims by Trump that he had won.
Trump has repeatedly used Twitter and other websites to falsely claim widespread voter fraud and urged supporters to march on the Capitol in Washington to protest.
The attack is being investigated by US prosecutors and a congressional committee.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday on Musk’s statement that Trump did not violate any of Twitter’s terms of service when his account was suspended.
Earlier on Friday, Musk tweeted that calling for violence or inciting violence on Twitter would result in suspension, after saying on Thursday that Twitter would provide a “general amnesty” for suspended accounts that did not break the law or engage in spam.
Responding to a tweet, Musk said it was “very concerning” that Twitter had not taken any previous action to remove some accounts related to the far-left Antifa movement.
In response to another tweet asking if Musk considered the statement “trans people deserve to die” as worthy of suspension from the platform, the billionaire said: “Absolutely.”
Change and chaos marked Musk’s first few weeks as the owner of Twitter. He fired top managers and it was announced that senior officials in charge of security and privacy had resigned.
Source: CNN Brasil