This Tuesday the boss of Tesla, in the process of taking control of Twitter, said he wanted to end Donald Trump’s permanent ban from the social network while saying that he shared with the European Union the need for better regulation.
Elon Musk wants to lift the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account on Twitter decided after the invasion of the Capitol by fans of the former Republican president. “I think that was a mistake because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard.” since he is now on his own social network, underlined the entrepreneur during a conference organized by the Financial Times.
A wish to be taken seriously since the multi-billionaire recently made an agreement to buy the social network for 44 billion dollars. So far Donald Trump has said he has ruled out returning to the social network.
“What I want to try to say […] is that banning Trump from Twitter doesn’t stop him from speaking out,” developed the boss of Tesla, believing that the fact that the former President is spreading on his only network was going “amplify (his speech) to the right“. Permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for example for false accounts, judges the libertarian entrepreneur.
bastion of freedom of expression
This position is in line with the motivations put forward by Musk to explain his takeover of Twitter. The richest man in the world intends to make the social network for a bastion of freedom of expression, which he considers flouted by too strict moderation of content.
Earlier today, Elon Musk had claimed to be “on the same wavelength” than the European Union for the moderation of online content. EU Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton visited him at his car factory in Austin, Texas. He detailed what the Digital Services Act (DSA) consisted of, which will force the major platforms to better fight against illegal content.
“I agree with everything you said, really, I think we are on the same wavelength”, replied the multi-billionaire in a video posted on… Twitter by the senior European official.
Later in the day, Elon Musk clarified his thinking. “I think permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a public place where everyone can express their opinion. […] That doesn’t mean anyone can say whatever they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world.”, he develops. But then consider temporary suspensions or tweets “which are made invisible” Where “with a very limited scope”.