Elon Musk, on Tuesday (10/5), said he would reactivate the Twitter account of former United States President Donald Trump.
The Tesla CEO, who is seeking to buy Twitter and turn it into a private company for a reported price tag of $44 billion, made the comments at the Financial Times Future of the Car conference.
“I don’t think it’s right to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said. “I think it’s a mistake to alienate a large part of the US population and not lose Donald Trump in the end either.”
Musk added the ban on Trump was “morally wrong and utterly stupid.”
Trump’s account was permanently banned following the January 6 riots at the US Capitol, with Twitter saying his continued presence on the platform “risks the incitement of further violence.”
Musk added the permanent ban should be “very rare” and only for “bot accounts, or spam/scams.”
“Freedom of speech is the cornerstone of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital city square, where matters important to the future of humanity are debated,” he said in a recent statement.
Trump has said he has no intention of rejoining Twitter and will focus more on the social network he launched called Truth Social. [my/lt]
Some of the information in this report comes from The Associated Press and Reuters.