For Elon Musk, Twitter’s decision to permanently oust former US President Donald Trump was “immoral” and “extremely stupid” and he intends to return to it.
The billionaire did tell the Financial Times that he would “repeal this permanent exemption.”
Trump’s expulsion didn’t ‘silence his voice’
At length, Elon Musk explains that deleting Donald Trump’s Twitter account was “a mistake because it alienated much of the country” and that it “didn’t silence Trump’s voice.” According to Tesla’s boss, this would even strengthen him in the right, which is why he describes this decision as “morally bad” and “extremely stupid.”
“This does not mean that everyone can say whatever they want. If someone says something illegal or disruptive to the world, they should probably be punished with a passive timeout, temporary suspension, or make that particular tweet invisible or have very limited reach,” he adds.
“But I think a permanent ban undermines people’s trust in Twitter as a place where everyone can speak their mind. »
Twitter is too left for Elon Musk
Elon Musk, who last month sealed a $44 billion deal to acquire Twitter, says platform founder Jack Dorsey shares his views.
Recall that Twitter decided to permanently block the account of Donald Trump on January 8, 2021 after the attack on the Capitol in Washington. The former president posted a series of inflammatory tweets, inciting his supporters to riot.
Twitter needs to be “much more impartial,” Elon Musk added during the FT conference. In his opinion, the network “leans strongly to the left because it is based in San Francisco … which creates trust issues in the rest of the United States and possibly in other parts of the world.”
More transparency for more trust
To build trust in the network, the Tesla and SpaceX boss also plans to make the platform’s algorithm public: “I would literally put the Twitter algorithm on GitHub and say, ‘Hey, does anyone want to propose a change?’ Let’s”. »
“You really have to be transparent to gain trust, and any changes to a tweet or human intervention on any Twitter account should be highlighted. […] so you don’t sit in the dark wondering “why didn’t anyone see my tweet?”. »
Two weights, two measures
Elon Musk’s new statements echo those he made when he announced the takeover of Twitter. He then confirmed in a press release that “freedom of expression is the foundation of a functioning democracy.” Before adding that “Twitter is a digital community platform where vital questions about the future of humanity are discussed.”
The billionaire’s coverage of the topic has raised questions about his future direction regarding content moderation on the platform. And his decisions can have a serious impact on real events and the political situation around the world.
Despite these claims, the SEC filing also showed last week that Elon Musk enlisted the support of investors from countries known for their repression of free speech, such as Qatar and Saudi Arabia, to offer himself on Twitter. Two weights, two measures?