Elon Musk plans to reverse Donald Trump’s permanent ban on Twitter

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Elon Musk has described Twitter’s decision to permanently suspend former US President Donald Trump from the social media platform as a “morally bad decision” and “foolish in the extreme”, adding that he would reverse the ban.

“I would reverse the permanent ban,” said Musk at the Financial Times conference.

He added that banning Trump was “a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country” and that it “it didn’t end Trumps voice”, rather it only amplified it among the right, which is why the ban was “morally wrong and flat-out stupid”.

“Now, that doesn’t mean that somebody gets to say whatever they want to say if they say something that is illegal or otherwise just destructive to the world then should be perhaps a passive timeout, a temporary suspension, or that particular tweet should be made invisible or have very limited traction,” he said.

“But I think permanent bans just fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can voice their opinion.”

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