Psaki dodges question on Trump’s potential return to Twitter following Musk’s purchase

Tech billionaire Elon Musk finally succeeded in his bid to purchase Twitter after that company’s board of executives agreed to accept the deal he had offered that the board had initially refused.

There has been a lot of speculation about potential changes Musk could usher in for the social media platform, including the restoration of former President Donald Trump’s suspended account, but when asked about that prospect, White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to answer directly, Fox News reported.

That may be a moot point, regardless, as Trump intimated to the news network that he had no intention of returning to Twitter even if his banned account was restored, but rather would focus his presence on his newly launched social media platform, TRUTH Social.

Offer accepted

CNBC reported Monday that after much back and forth over the past few weeks, the Twitter board agreed to accept Musk’s offer of $54.20 per share, or about $44 billion, to buy all of Twitter and transform it into a privately-owned entity — assuming the deal meets regulatory and shareholder approval.

“Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said of the announced deal. “I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans. Twitter has tremendous potential — I look forward to working with the company and the community of users to unlock it.”

Of course, while those who have borne the brunt of Twitter’s apparent ideological censorship cheered the deal, leftists and media figures lamented the possible changes to the status quo they had benefited from and expressed alarm at the prospect of Trump and other previously banned and censored individuals returning to the platform.

Psaki dodges question

During the White House press briefing Monday, Psaki was asked directly if President Joe Biden and his administration had any concerns about the possibility of Trump’s account being restored on Twitter, but she demurred on any “hypothetical policies” that might be implemented.

“No matter who owns or runs Twitter, the President has long been concerned about the power of large social media platforms, what they ha- — the power they have over our everyday lives; has long argued that tech platforms must be held accountable for the harms they cause,” Psaki said.

Asked about the matter again later, she again dodged specifically addressing the prospect of a Trump return to the platform and instead reiterated Biden’s “concerns about the power of social media platforms, including Twitter and others, to spread misinformation, disinformation; the need for these platforms to be held accountable.”

Trump won’t come back

None of that may matter, though, as Trump himself told Fox News on Monday, “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” and said, “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.”

The former president played up his own platform in comparison to the one he previously dominated until banned from it in January 2021, and noted, “The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter.”

Trump went on to explain why he didn’t view Twitter as a competitor and said of his own new social media network, “This is a platform for my voice. TRUTH is a platform for my voice and for my supporters,” and added, “But I want everybody to come over to TRUTH — conservatives, liberals, whatever.”

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