A decision he judges “morally bad” and “senseless”. Elon Musk announced Tuesday, May 10 that if he took control of Twitter, he would lift the permanent suspension of Donald Trump’s account, decided after the attack on Capitol Hill.

“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 FinancialTimes. The former US president had recently ruled out returning to Twitter if his ban was lifted.

Freedom of expression in question

Permanent bans should be “extremely rare” and reserved for example for fake accounts, estimated the entrepreneur who recently made an agreement to buy the social network for 44 billion dollars. “That doesn’t mean anyone can say whatever they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world”, added Elon Musk. But then consider temporary suspensions or tweets “which are rendered invisible” Where “with a very limited scope”.

The richest man in the world has decided to buy Twitter to make it a private company, not listed on the stock exchange, and wants to make it a bastion of freedom of expression, which he considers flouted by too strict content moderation .

Monday, after a visit by the European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, to Texas, the businessman however assured that he fully agreed with the new European rules on the regulation of social networks. They must force the major platforms to better fight against illegal content.


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