Tesla CEO and SpaceX founder Elon Musk has confirmed that he will lift the lifelong ban on former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter. Musk revealed his decision at a Financial Times Future of the Car Summit. He plans to do so after he acquires full ownership of the Bluebird company in a few months.
Twitter banned the former president from using the site for a lifetime on 8th Jan, after he was accused of inciting the violent riot at the US Capitol Hill by Trump supporters on Jan 6 that left at least five people dead.
Musk says banning Trump from Twitter only “amplified his voice”
At the Future of the Car Summit organised by Financial Times earlier this week, Elon Musk said that Twitter’s decision to ban the former president from using the site was a “morally bad decision” and “foolish in the extreme”.
“The point that I’m trying to make that is probably not getting across is that banning Trump from Twitter didn’t end Trump’s voice. It will amplify it among the right. And this is why it was morally wrong and flat-out stupid,” Musk said.
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Musk said that Trump stated he won’t be returning to Twitter anyway and will stick with his own social media platform, Truth Social, which was launched in February earlier this year.
“He [Trump] has probably stated that he will not be coming back to Twitter and that he will only be on Truth Social”.
Trump says he won’t be joining “boring Twitter”
Former President Donald Trump recently made it clear that he won’t be returning to Twitter, even if the ban was lifted, and that he would stick to Truth Social. He issued a statement revealing his choice in response to the growing demands of “Bring Trump Back” among the rightists on Twitter.
Conservatives have spoken out in support of reinstating banned Republican accounts on Twitter, with the most distinct and clear call being to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Several of them took to Twitter itself to ask Elon Musk to bring the former president back. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene used her official Twitter account to reintroduce several Republicans. “Restore President Trump.” Please restore my personal account. Dr. Robert Malone should be reinstated. Reintroduce Alex Jones. Bring Milo Yiannopoulos back. Bring back the defunct nation. Restore free expression. “Restore America!” she wrote a few weeks back.
Despite massive public support for bringing the former president back to Twitter, Donald Trump has simply refused to return. Despite Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter, former President Donald Trump has decided not to rejoin the Bluebird social media platform. According to the ex-president, Twitter has become “too boring.” He will continue to use his own social media platform, Truth Social, which he launched in February this year. “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth” -he added.
“I want everybody to come over to TRUTH — conservatives, liberals, whatever,” Trump said further in the statement. “The response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter.”
“Objectively, it’s not a done deal”
Twitter, the world’s largest social media company, has agreed to a $44 billion dollar takeover with Tesla CEO Elon Musk. This brings the price per share down to $54.20. This is one of the world’s largest technology deals, with Elon Musk gaining complete control of the Bluebird company. The transaction is still subject to shareholder and regulatory approval, and Musk stated that the company has not yet held a shareholder vote. He anticipates that the transaction will be completed in two to three months.
“Objectively, it’s not a done deal,” Musk said, referring to the incomplete deal. Either side can still withdraw from the deal by paying the other party $1 billion dollars, as stated by financial filings.
Musk has frequently voiced his displeasure regarding the restrictions Twitter imposes on free speech, saying that he wishes to turn Twitter into a “de facto town square,” which would allow people to “speak freely within the bounds of the law.” Thus his extraordinary move to purchase the entire company.