In the wake of Tesla billionaire Elon Musk closing a deal to acquire Twitter, speculation was rampant that there was a chance he’d immediately pump the brakes on some of the social media platform’s unfair bannings in the past, such as that of former President Donald Trump.
It took a little longer than expected, but Musk admitted this week that he would absolutely reverse the ban, and he even went as far as calling the ban “morally wrong and flat out stupid,” Axios reported.
Trump, of course, was banned by the formerly left-leaning Big Tech platform for remarks he made after the Jan. 6 Capitol protests, with the company citing the “risk of further incitement of violence” as one of the primary reasons for the ban.
Since Trump has been banned from the platform, a long list of global terrorist leaders and dictators — even Vladimir Putin — have been allowed to remain on the platform, despite them being responsible for actual death and destruction.
Musk doubles down
In an interview with the Financial Times, Musk made clear his thoughts on the actions Twitter took against the former president.
“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 and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
Musk added: “He’s now going to be on Truth Social, as will a large part of the right in the United States. So, I think this could end up being, frankly, worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate.”
“I would reverse the Twitter ban. Obviously, I don’t own Twitter yet, so this is not a thing that will definitely happen.”
Even admitting that it’s one of Donald Trump’s most prominent critics, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) admitted that Musk giving Trump his Twitter account back is the right call.
Its executive director stated that “the public has a strong interest in hearing his speech,” given that Trump is one of the “most important political figures in this country.”
The ACLU added: “If Trump violates the platform rules again, Twitter should first employ lesser penalties like removing the offending post — rather than banning a political figure.”
Trump, in the days following Musk’s attempt to own Twitter, released a statement declaring he will exclusively use his platform, Truth Social, for social media, and refused to return to Twitter, although he wished Musk the best of luck.