Elon Musk: Twitter’s ban on Trump after Capitol attack was ‘grave mistake’

WASHINGTON: Twitter’s ban on then-President Donald Trump After the events of January 6, 2021, the attack on the US Capitol by his supporters was a “serious mistake” that needed to be rectified, the CEO Elon Musk said on Friday, although he also announced that inciting violence would continue to be banned on Twitter.
“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. It’s important that Twitter corrected a serious mistake in banning his account, even though it didn’t break the law or the terms of service.” musk said in a tweet. “Destroying the platform of a sitting President undermines public trust in Twitter for half of America.”
Last week, Musk announced the reactivation of Trump’s account after a small majority voted in a Twitter poll in favor of reinstating Trump, who, however, said he was not interested. the return to Twitter. He added that he will stick with his own social media site Social TruthApplication developed by Trump Media & Technology Group.
Republican Trump, who 10 days ago announced he would run for re-election in 2024, was banned on January 8, 2021 from Twitter under its previous owners.
At the time, Twitter said it had permanently suspended him because of the risk of inciting further violence following the storming of the Capitol. The results of the November 2020 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden were certified by lawmakers as the Capitol came under attack after weeks of Trump falsely claiming he had won.
Trump has repeatedly used Twitter and other websites to falsely claim that there was widespread voter fraud and called on supporters to march to the Capitol in Washington to protest.
The attack is being investigated by US prosecutors and a congressional committee.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Friday about Musk’s claim that Trump did not violate any of Twitter’s terms of service when his account was suspended.
Earlier on Friday, Musk tweeted that calling for violence or inciting violence on Twitter would lead to the suspension, after saying on Thursday that Twitter would offer a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts. just don’t break the law or engage in spam.
Responding to a tweet, Musk said it was “very disturbing” that Twitter had taken no prior action to remove several accounts associated with the far-left Antifa movement. Responding to another tweet asking if Musk considers the statement “trans people deserve to die” as deserving of suspension from the platform, the billionaire said: “Absolutely true.”
Change and chaos marked Musk’s first few weeks as the owner of Twitter. He fired top managers and it was announced that senior officials in charge of security and privacy had quit.


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