Elon Musk says he will reverse Trump’s Twitter ban after takeover

In a recent interview with the Financial Times, Elon Musk committed to removing Twitter’s permanent ban of former President Donald Trump if he completes his bid to take over ownership of the company, according to Breitbart.

“It was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said. “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country.”

“I would reverse the Twitter ban. Obviously, I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not a thing that will definitely happen,” Musk continued.

“He’s now going to be on Truth Social, as will a large part of the right in the United States,” he went on. “So, I think this could end up being, frankly, worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate.”

No permanent bans

Musk said he would not be permanently banning accounts when he owns Twitter, except for “scam” or “spam” accounts — even if the account holder says something illegal.

“If they say something that is illegal or destructive to the world, then there should be perhaps a timeout, temporary suspension or that particular tweet should be made invisible or have very little traction,” Musk said.

While Musk does not have any control over Twitter at this point, conservative media figures on the platform have said they are seeing huge spikes in new followers since the sale was announced and suggested that Twitter may be lifting its “shadow bans” of conservative accounts, which Twitter says do not exist.

After adding an average of 7,000 new followers a day during most of April, Donald Trump, Jr. said, he had 87,000 new followers on April 26 and 111,000 on April 27, for example.

Conservatives spiking

Other media and public figures to report similar spikes include Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis (R), Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), according to the New York Post.

Officially, Twitter says the spikes, with corresponding losses of followers among many left-leaning accounts like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT), are because of accounts being activated and deactivated.

Reportedly, hundreds of thousands of Democrats and leftists deleted their accounts when Musk’s Twitter buy was announced.

No corresponding spike in conservative account activations was noted.

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