Twitter will definitely change when Elon Musk takes over. The billionaire has already stated he would reverse the permanent ban on ex-President Donald Trump from the platform.
As Musk inches closer to controlling Twitter, he has fielded questions on how he will run the popular micro-blogging site. One of the changes he plans to make is welcoming back one of the platform’s highest-profile and most prolific users, former President Donald Trump.
The immediate ex-president’s account was banned last year because he used it to promote violence as a sitting president. At the time, Jack Dorsey was the CEO and obviously made the tough call to ban the president of a powerful nation.
However, Musk has decried the move as being ineffective as it didn’t stop Trump from having a platform to air his views.
While being interviewed remotely during a conference organized by the Financial Times, Musk discussed what banning would look like once he takes over Twitter. He said he would reverse permanent bans, except for bots and spam. Interestingly, Dorsey agrees with Musk’s view.
Here is a partial transcript of the interview:
“I spoke with Jack Dorsey about this, and he and I are of the same mind, which is that permanent bans should be extremely rare, and we would reserve [them] for accounts that are bots or spam/scam accounts, where there’s no legitimacy to be accountable.
“I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice; he is now going to be on Truth Social, as will a large part of the right in the United States, and so I think this could end up being frankly worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate. So I guess the answer is I would reverse the permaban. Obviously, I don’t own Twitter yet, so it’s not a thing that will definitely happen because what if I don’t own Twitter? But my opinion, and Jack Dorsey, to be clear, shares this opinion, is that we should not have permabans.”
Meanwhile, it doesn’t appear the ex-President is keen about returning to Twitter, as he has reportedly said he would be sticking with his own Truth Social platform. The social media network, which is essentially a clone of Twitter, has had a bumpy rollout, and Trump himself has been using it sporadically. The former president claimed Twitter had become boring.
Meanwhile, Musk has also revealed he is on the same page with the EU’s effort to regulate the web in its territory. He showed up in a short video with EU Commissioner Thierry Breton and said he supported the proposed Digital Services Act, DSA. “I think it’s exactly aligned… It’s been a great discussion, and I really think I agree with everything you said, really. I think we’re very much of the same mind, and I think anything that my companies can do that would be beneficial to Europe, we want to do that.”
Musk’s definition of free speech is what a country’s government allows. However, implementing such a policy on a global platform like Twitter could pose a challenge.