Tesla CEO Elon Musk (50) announced that he would lift the Twitter ban on former US President Donald Trump (75) as soon as he becomes the owner of Twitter.
Speaking at the Financial Times conference, Musk said banning the former president from Twitter was a mistake. “I think it was a bad moral decision, to put it bluntly, and extremely stupid.” He added: “I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump, I think it was a mistake. It alienated a large part of the country and ultimately did not stop Donald Trump from having a voice. “
Trump may not even want to go back to Twitter
Twitter blocked Trump following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, arguing there was a risk that the former president could trigger more of such acts of violence.
Trump recently said he doesn’t want to go back to Twitter even if he could. Being on the platform, where he used to have over 80 million followers, may be important for his possible candidacy in the presidential election in 2024. Trump was very actively using Twitter to mobilize his followers and create an atmosphere. He is trying to set up his own social platform, which is struggling with the problems of start-ups.
It will be a while before it becomes clear if Musk will actually get Twitter. The head of electric car maker Tesla has agreed a deal worth around $ 44 billion with Twitter’s board, but is still dependent on enough shareholders to cede their shares to him. Twitter and Musk plan to finalize the acquisition by the end of the year. (channels / SDA)