Elon Musk says Donald Trump will be allowed back on Twitter


Elon Musk has said that former US President Donald Trump will be allowed back on Twitter.

The Tesla founder and entrepreneur successfully acquired the social media platform last month (April 25) for approximately $44billion (£34.5b).

His offer was initially turned down by Twitter, which put a “poison pill” measure in place to stop a takeover attempt by Musk. However, the two parties later entered talks before the deal entered its final stages of negotiations.

Now, speaking at a Financial Times conference on Tuesday, Musk described Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Trump as “morally bad” and “foolish in the extreme” (via Consequence).

Trump was kicked off Twitter, Facebook and YouTube following the failed insurrection attempt in the US in January 2021.

Twitter permanently banned Trump following the incident, citing repeated violations of its rules and that his tweets were “highly likely to encourage and inspire people to replicate the criminal acts that took place at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021”, referring to the attack on the Capitol building by his supporters.

“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk said yesterday (May 9). He continued: “I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake,” Musk said. “It alienated a large part of the country, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Musk said that by banning Trump, the social media platform risked creating a “frankly worse” forum.

Elon Musk. CREDIT: Theo Wargo/Getty Images for TIME

Musk shared a glimpse into his new policy for the platform last month: “I hope that even my worst critics remain on Twitter because that is what free speech means,” he tweeted.

Upon the deal being finalised, Musk also posted a quote on the platform in which he claimed that “free speech is the bedrock to a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated.”

He also explained that he aims to make the social media site “better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust”, and said he plans to “defeat spam bots” “while authenticating all humans”.

“Twitter has tremendous potential – I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it,” Musk concluded.

Jameela Jamil announced she was quitting Twitter after hearing the news that Musk had bought the site. “Ah he got Twitter,” Jamil said.

“I would like this to be my what lies here as my last tweet. Just really *any* excuse to show pics of [her pet dog] Barold.”

She went on to express her concerns over what direction Twitter would head in under Musk. “I fear this free speech bid is going to help this hell platform reach its final form of totally lawless hate, bigotry, and misogyny,” Jamil wrote. “Best of luck.”

Others reacting to the news included Geoff Barrow who tweeted: “Hi Elon, you’re a twat. How’s about that for freedom of speech?”

While Anton Newcombe added: “Tell him and his ilk to go fuck themselves and provide directions.” Questlove tweeted: “Welp. What now.” You can check out some more of the reactions here.

You can view the original article HERE.

Michelle Williams on how Jeremy Strong helped her family after Heath Ledger’s death
Lightyear: Why Isn’t Tim Allen Buzz Lightyear?
Young Thug and Gunna Busted in Massive Gang and Racketeering Sting
Amber Heard was diagnosed with post-traumatic disorder due to abuse by Johnny Depp
A Neo-Western with Heart in Big Sky Country
Willa Fitzgerald and John Magaro Strategize Leaking Nixon Tapes
The 2022 Chicago Critics Film Festival Welcomes Major Chicago Premieres | Festivals & Awards
Beware of the Creepy Kids
Elon Musk says Donald Trump will be allowed back on Twitter
‘Westworld’ shares season four trailer and release date
Twenty One Pilots’ Tyler Joseph was asked to write song for Top Gun: Maverick soundtrack – Music News
Kasabian announce suprise Aberdeen warm-up show
NFL announces Broncos-Rams on Christmas Day
Guardians stun White Sox; Naylor makes history
Harden, ‘more confident’ 76ers knot series at 2-2
What is verification in an online casino?
A Million Little Things Round Table: Are You Team Shanice or Team Greta?
Star Wars Ahsoka Disney+ Series Officially Begins Production
New Amsterdam Season 4 Episode 19 Review: Truth Be Told
What to Expect From This Year’s Competition
Daily News: Dua Lipa’s Vogue Debut, Loewe Taps Kaia Gerber & Anthony Hopkins (Yes, Really), Irina Shayk Helps Anine Bing Launch Swim, And More!
Rihanna’s Crystal Miu Miu Miniskirt | Photos
Best Tank Tops and Camis From Old Navy
The Kleinfeld Bridal Wedding Dress Experience in New York