Billionaire Elon Musk made headlines this week when he said it was wrong for Twitter to have kicked former President Donald Trump off the platform.
The comment is consistent with Musk’s public support for free speech. Yet in a move that may have come as a surprise to some, former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey recently announced that he felt the same way.
Dorsey calls permanent bans “a failure of ours” that “don’t work”
According to the New York Post, Dorsey said on Tuesday that it had been a mistake for his company to oust Trump in January 2021.
What’s more, Dorsey also expressed agreement with Musk’s contention that the platform should avoid issuing permanent bans.
The former CEO pointed to “exceptions,” such as cases in which users sexually exploit children or otherwise engage in illegal conduct.
“But generally permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work,” he said, before adding that “permanent bans of individuals are directionally wrong.”
Dorsey characterized Trump’s expulsion as “a business decision, it shouldn’t have been,” claiming, “businesses should not be making these decisions.”
Those statements came in the wake of an appearance at FT Live’s “Future of the Car” by Elon Musk on Tuesday. Fox Business reported that Musk was at one point asked whether Trump will be let back on Twitter in the event his purchase of the company is finalized.
Trump says he will not return to Twitter even if ban is lifted
“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,” Musk remarked.
“I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” he continued.
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk went on to state. “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?”
Fox Business noted that Trump has said he has no plans to return to Twitter, preferring to use his own platform TRUTH Social.