Tesla CEO Elon Musk said Tuesday that he will rescind Twitter’s ban on former US President Donald Trump, while speaking at the Financial Times Future of the Car conference.
Musk, who calls himself the “absolute of free speech,” recently signed a $44 billion deal to acquire the social media platform.
Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The suspension of Trump’s account, which had more than 88 million followers, silenced his primary tweeter days before the end of his term, and comes after years of controversy over how social media companies are tweaking the accounts of powerful global leaders.
Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter shortly after the January 6 riots at the US Capitol. And Twitter noted in its decision “the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Musk said the decision bolstered his views among people on the political right, calling the ban “morally wrong and totally stupid.”
Trump previously told Fox News that he would not return to Twitter even if Musk bought the platform and reinstated his account, and said he would use his social media app called Truth Social, which launched on the Apple App Store in late February but was wrong until recently when it launched To allow more users to enter.
There was no immediate comment from a Trump spokesman.
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