Elon Musk and Donald Trump’s account episode 2. A week after the new boss of the microblogging platform announced that Trump’s Twitter account would be reactivated, the whimsical billionaire returned to this news in a message on the social network, Friday, November 25. The former president of the United States was permanently banned from the platform on January 8, 2021, after the Capitol attack that took place two days earlier. The then leadership explained that Trump had used Twitter to urge his supporters to march on Capitol Hill. The septuagenarian encouraged them to protest against the results of the presidential election which had just fallen – and which gave him the loser.
This account closure was “a serious mistake”, writes Elon Musk. “I’m okay with Trump not tweeting,” he begins, referring to the former White House chief refusing to rejoin the network, preferring to stick to Truth. Social, a platform he created and which is struggling to take off. “The important thing is that Twitter corrects a serious error by banning his account, despite the fact that there were no violations of law or terms of service. Banning a sitting president from the platform undermined the public trust in Twitter, for half of America.”
Whether or not the incitement to step on a symbol of American democracy (the Capitol) is a violation of the network’s terms and conditions, remains to be seen. On this point, Elon Musk’s statements are contradictory. On the one hand, he implies in this tweet that Trump did not violate the rules of use. But on the other, he recalled, in a tweet the same day, that calls for violence or incitement to violence on Twitter would lead to account suspension.