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Musk claims that he will overturn Twitter's ban on Donald Trump



Elon Musk stated on Tuesday that if his proposed acquisition of Twitter is successful, he will restore former President Donald Trump's banned Twitter account.


After announcing plans to purchase Facebook for $44 billion, Musk's remarks at the Financial Times' Future of the Car conference marked his first public acknowledgement of the deal, which had been widely anticipated since Musk announced plans to acquire the social media giant.


Twitter should be "extremely cautious with permanent bans," according to Musk, who previously stated that the company should "be reluctant to delete things." On Tuesday, he called Twitter's decision to bar Trump from the platform starting in January 2021 a "mistake."


During the event, Musk stated, "I believe it was a mistake to exclude Donald Trump from participating." "I believe the permanent ban should be lifted... We should not, however, have permanent bans on certain types of content, and Jack Dorsey (to be clear) agrees with me on this."


In response to Musk's comments, Dorsey, Twitter's cofounder and former CEO, tweeted on Tuesday that he "agrees" that users of the social media platform should not be subjected to permanent bans. Despite the fact that there are exceptions, he believes that permanent bans are ineffective and represent a failure on our part.


Twitter declined to comment on Musk's remarks.


Following the Capitol Riot on January 6, Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter for violating the platform's rules against inciting violence, a decision that Twitter claims was made by CEO Jack Dorsey. Trump has maintained his innocence in the matter. Trump's account was subsequently banned or suspended on other social media platforms.


President Donald Trump has stated that he will not return to Twitter even if his account is restored, instead choosing to promote his own social media venture, Truth Social, which has struggled to gain traction thus far in the social media world.


Trump's voice will be amplified among the right as a result of his ban from Twitter, Musk said at a Tuesday event. "Banning Trump from Twitter did not silence Trump's voice; rather, it will amplify it among the right, which is why it's morally wrong and stupid," Musk said.


Mr. Elon Musk, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, acknowledged that his acquisition of Twitter and the return of President Donald Trump are still in the works. The fact that I do not yet own Twitter means that this is not a foregone conclusion, because what if I do not own Twitter?" says the author. He made a statement.


There are still questions about whether Musk will actually complete the transaction, and whether the recent decline in the value of Tesla (TSLA) stock will make it more difficult for him to raise the necessary funds to complete the transaction. Twitter (TWTR) stock was trading around $47.70 on Tuesday afternoon, well below Musk's offer price of $54.20 per share, indicating investor skepticism about the deal's chances of success.


However, in recent weeks, Musk has continued to elaborate on his plans for the platform, despite the fact that the platform is currently in beta. Founder and CEO Elon Musk has stated that he wants to strengthen free speech on the platform and make it more transparent to users when the platform takes actions that have an impact on what users see on the platform.


On Tuesday, he reiterated his desire to rid Twitter of bots that promote spam or scams, as well as his intention to make Twitter's algorithm publicly available.


In fact, I would literally post the Twitter algorithm on GitHub and ask, "Hey, does anyone have any suggestions for improvements?" "Thank you for your cooperation." The CEO went on to say that he sees this as a way to "increase transparency and trust."


He also expressed his dissatisfaction with what he believes to be Twitter's political bias, echoing the claims of several prominent right-wing figures in doing so.


"I believe Twitter should be much more objective in its reporting. Due to the fact that it is based in San Francisco, it has a strong left-wing bias," he explained. It is my belief that the people present, or at least some of them, do not necessarily intend to be biased in a left-leaning direction. It appears moderate from their perspective, but they are coming from a political environment that is extremely far to the left."


The social media platform Twitter has previously stated that neither its algorithms nor its employees are biased against political viewpoints.


Beyond lifting the Trump ban, Musk stated that he would make permanent bans "extremely rare," and that he would reserve them for "bots or spam, scam accounts with no legitimacy," among other things.


Musk also elaborated on his vision for content moderation on Twitter, which he shared with the audience. Musk has stated in the past that he intends for Twitter to limit its content moderation to only that which governments have deemed explicitly illegal — and no further — and that this will be the case going forward.


On Tuesday, Elon Musk conceded that the type of offensive content that he would like Twitter to enforce against could include a wide range of different types of material. In addition to illegal content, Musk has identified two other categories of content that could be subject to punishment: "world-destructive" content and "wrong and bad" speech, both of which could be punished.


When someone says something that is illegal or otherwise destructive to the world, Musk believes there should be a "timeout," a "temporary suspension," or that the tweet should be made invisible or have very little traction. "I believe that offensive and inappropriate tweets should be deleted or made invisible, and that a temporary suspension, rather than a permanent ban, is appropriate," he went on to say.


Tesla CEO Elon Musk did not specify what metrics Twitter would use to determine whether a tweet is "wrong and bad" or "destructive to the world," or when the company would choose one type of penalty over another.

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