Elon Musk was asked on a Tuesday livestream at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car Conference whether he would reverse a permanent ban on Donald Trump’s Twitter account.
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk stated.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts… I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump…”
He hedged his statement by reminding viewers he does not have control over the platform, yet, “I don’t own Twitter yet. So this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”
Many notable Republicans have asked Mr. Musk to bring Trump back to Twitter. Trump himself has said he does not plan to return to the Twitter platform. The former president is working on building his own platform, TRUTH Social, positioned as an antidote to Big Tech censorship.
Musk began his journey to owning Twitter by purchasing 9% of the company and receiving a seat on the board. He realized he would not have the influence or control to make the platform improvements he desired with only 9% stake. On April 25th, 2022, he purchased the entire platform for $44 billion.
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