Elon Musk said he would reverse Twitter’s permanent ban of former President Trump once he officially tales over the company.
Musk made the comment Tuesday during an interview with Financial Times.
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots, or scam, spam accounts … I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” he said.
Trump’s personal Twitter account was banned days after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot because of the “risk of further incitement of violence”.
“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,” he continued.
“I would reverse the permanent ban,” Musk said. “I don’t own Twitter yet. So this is not like a thing that will definitely happen, because what if I don’t own Twitter?”
In April, Trump said he does not plan to return to Twitter, even if Musk removes his ban. “I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth,” he told Fox News.
“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,” Trump added.
“Twitter has bots and fake accounts,” he added, noting that it “became very boring because conservatives were thrown off or got off the platform when I left”.