Chief Executive Elon Musk said on Friday that Twitter’s ban on then-President Donald Trump after his supporters attacked the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 was a “fatal mistake” that needed to be corrected, though he also stated that incitement to violence would be corrected. . He is still banned on Twitter.
“I’m fine with Trump not tweeting. What’s important is that Twitter correct a serious mistake in banning his account, even though it didn’t break the law or terms of service.” musk he said in a tweet. “Draining a sitting president has undermined public confidence in him Twitter For half of America.”
Last week, Musk announced the reactivation of Trump’s account after a narrow majority in a Twitter poll voted to reinstate Trump, who said, however, that he was not interested in returning to Twitter. He added that he would stick to his own social media site social truththe app developed by Trump Media & Technology Group.
Republican Trump, who announced 10 days ago that he would run for re-election in 2024, was banned on January 8, 2021, from Twitter under its previous owners.
At the time, Twitter said it had suspended him permanently due to the risk of further incitement to violence after the storming of the Capitol. Lawmakers certified the results of the November 2020 presidential election won by Democrat Joe Biden when the Capitol was attacked after weeks of false claims by Trump that he had won.
Trump has repeatedly used Twitter and other sites to falsely claim widespread voter fraud, urging his supporters to march on the Capitol in Washington in protest.
The attack is being investigated by US prosecutors and a congressional committee.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday on Musk’s statement that Trump did not violate any Twitter terms of service when his account was suspended.
Earlier on Friday, Musk tweeted that advocating violence or inciting violence on Twitter would lead to suspension, after he said Thursday that Twitter would offer a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts that didn’t break the law or engage in spam. .
In response to the tweet, Musk said he was “very concerned” that Twitter had not previously taken any action to remove some accounts related to the far-left antifa movement. Responding to another tweet in which Musk asked if the statement “transgender people deserve to die” deserved to be taken off the platform, the billionaire said: “Absolutely.”
Change and chaos marked Musk’s first few weeks as owner of Twitter. He has fired senior managers and it has been announced that senior officials responsible for security and privacy have resigned.
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