Twitter’s ban on then-President Donald Trump following his supporters’ Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the United States Capitol was a “terrible mistake” that had to be reversed, Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday, while he also stated that incitement to violence will remain forbidden on Twitter.
“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter corrected a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service,” Musk said in a tweet. “Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.”
Musk reactivated Trump’s account last week after a narrow majority voted in a Twitter poll in support of reinstating Trump, who stated that he had no desire in returning to Twitter. He also stated that he will continue to use his own social media site, Truth Social, as well as the app produced by Trump Media & Technology Group. Republican Trump, who announced 10 days earlier that he would run for re-election in 2024, was banned from Twitter under its previous owners on January 8, 2021.
Twitter said at the time that he had been permanently suspended due to the possibility of further instigation of violence in the aftermath of the Capitol storming. The results of Democrat Joe Biden’s November 2020 presidential election were being verified by Congress when the Capitol was attacked, following weeks of Trump’s bogus assertions that he had won.
I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. The important thing is that Twitter correct a grave mistake in banning his account, despite no violation of the law or terms of service.
Deplatforming a sitting President undermined public trust in Twitter for half of America.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
Trump falsely claimed on Twitter and other sites that there was massive voter fraud and pushed followers to march on the Capitol in Washington to protest. US prosecutors and a congressional committee are looking into the attack. Twitter did not reply quickly to a request for comment on Musk’s claim that Trump did not violate any Twitter terms of service when his account was suspended on Friday.
Musk had previously stated on Thursday that Twitter would grant a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts that had neither breached the law or engaged in spam. In response to a tweet, Musk stated that it was “extremely concerned” that Twitter had not previously taken steps to remove several accounts associated with the far-left Antifa movement. In response to another tweet asking if Musk thought the comment “trans people deserve to die” ought to be removed off the site, the billionaire replied, “Absolutely.”
Musk’s first few weeks as Twitter’s owner have been characterized by change and mayhem. He has sacked top executives, and senior officials in charge of security and privacy have resigned.
CEO Elon Musk said on Friday that the decision to ban then-President Donald Trump after his supporters attacked the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, was a “terrible mistake” that had to be reversed, while also reiterating that incitement to violence will continue to be prohibited on Twitter.
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