May 12, 2022

Elon Musk said Tuesday that Twitter’s permanent ban on former President Trump would be lifted after Musk takes over. He went even further, calling the ban “morally wrong” and “flat-out stupid” (wow, freely speaking the truth IS making a comeback!) Musk said banning Trump from Twitter only amplified his voice among the right and alienated a large part of the country. He added, “Permanent bans should be extremely rare and really reserved for accounts that are bots or spam, scam accounts.”

I might add that if Twitter is going to ban real people, the Iranian Mullahs and various terrorist leaders and despots might be more worthy than former US Presidents whose policies Silicon Valley leftists disagree with.

Interestingly, former Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey tweeted agreement with Musk, calling the Trump ban a “business decision” that “shouldn’t have been.” Dorsey called permanent bans of individuals a “failure” that don’t work and “directionally wrong,” except for rare exceptions like child sexual exploitation, illegal behavior or spamming.

As to whether Trump will return to Twitter: he’s said that he won’t, and he now has his own site to promote, Truth Social. On the other hand, Twitter has the biggest reach if he wants to run again, and it might be hard to resist the lure of a “triumphant return” story. Stay tuned.