Twitter‘s ban by the then President donald trump After January 6, 2021, his supporters’ attack on the US Capitol was a “grave error” that must be corrected, CEO Elon Musk said, although he also stated that incitement to violence on Twitter is still prohibited.
“I think it’s okay that Trump doesn’t tweet. Most importantly, Twitter is correcting a serious error in suspending his account despite not violating the law or the Terms of Service.” musk said in a tweet. “The deplatting of an incumbent president has eroded public trust in Twitter for half of America.”
Last week, Musk announced the reactivation of Trump’s account after a narrow majority in a Twitter poll voted in favor of reinstating Trump, but who said he had no interest in returning to Twitter. He added he will stick to his own social media site truth socialthe app developed by Trump Media & Technology Group.
republican Trump, who announced 10 days ago that he would run for election again in 2024, was suspended from Twitter among his previous owners on January 8, 2021.
Twitter said at the time it had suspended him permanently over the risk of inciting further violence following the storming of the Capitol. The results of the November 2020 presidential election, won by Democrat Joe Biden, were confirmed by lawmakers when the Capitol was attacked after weeks of Trump falsely claiming he had won.
Trump has repeatedly used Twitter and other websites to falsely claim widespread voter fraud and has urged supporters to march to the Capitol in Washington to protest.
The attack is being investigated by US prosecutors and a congressional committee.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Musk’s statement that Trump did not violate any Twitter Terms of Service when his account was suspended.
Musk previously tweeted that calling for violence or inciting violence on Twitter would result in suspension, after saying Thursday that Twitter would grant a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts that are not violating the law or involved in spam were.
In response to a tweet, Musk said it was “very concerning” that Twitter had previously taken no action to remove some accounts linked to the far-left Antifa movement. In response to another tweet asking if Musk thought the statement “trans people deserve to die” was worthy of being suspended from the platform, the billionaire said, “Absolutely.”
Change and chaos marked Musk’s first few weeks as Twitter owner. He has fired top managers and it has been announced that senior officials responsible for security and privacy have resigned.