(LifeSiteNews) — Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk on Tuesday stated that he will reactivate former U.S. President Donald Trump’s Twitter account if his deal to purchase the social media platform goes through, calling the decision to permanently ban Trump “foolish” and “morally wrong.”
“Permanent bans should be extremely rare,” the Tesla and SpaceX founder said during a Financial Times summit on Tuesday, explaining that the move should be reserved for fraudulent accounts or “spam/scam accounts where there’s just no legitimacy to the account at all.”
“I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a large part of the country,” Musk said.
The billionaire affirmed during the May 10 summit he “would reverse the permanent ban” of Trump’s account if his $44 billion deal with Twitter is finalized.
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— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) May 10, 2022
Musk, a free speech proponent who is expected to become the temporary CEO of Twitter after his successful buyout of the mega-corporation, went on to explain that the throttling of Trump’s Twitter account, in addition to being “morally bad,” also failed to silence the controversial former president.
After being permanently banned from Twitter following the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol, Trump has since launched his own social media site called Truth Social, a platform that promotes free speech and has attracted primarily right-wing users.
According to Musk, the fallout from Twitter’s decision to ban Trump could be “frankly worse” than permitting him to remain on “a single forum where everyone can debate.”
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After contentious negotiations, Tesla CEO Elon Musk has purchased Twitter, thereby transforming the tech giant into a private company.
A self-styled "free speech absolutist," Mr. Musk's entrepreneurial spirit may define his approach to governing Twitter, where, in the marketplace of ideas, the best ideas - not those aided by censorship - will naturally prevail among the competition.
Of course, there are limits to free speech. But, for too long, Big Tech giants (including, Twitter, Google, YouTube and Facebook) have subjected their conservative and Christian users to all forms of censorship, desperately trying to silence our voices.
So if, as it seems, Mr. Musk will level the playing field for conservatives and Christians and allow a true exchange of ideas to occur on his platform, then we look forward to our chance to re-engage on Twitter.
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These accounts have been blocked by the outgoing Twitter regime for more than a year for calling a ‘transgender woman’ (Assistant Secretary of Health, 'Rachel' Levine), a man, and for tweeting an article about the same person.
The article we tweeted makes mention of the troubling paradox of having a person who denies the basic science of the human anatomy be in an authoritative position in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), but does not cast aspersions or any other such “hate speech” against Levine, according to Twitter’s "rules."
It is our fervant hope that Mr. Musk intends to allow - rather than censor - our descriptions of reality as we know them to be true in regards to human sexuality, as well as in other areas of life.
Mr. Musk evidently understands how significant freedom of speech is to the functioning of a free society as he was quoted as saying that this deal is important for "the future of civlization."
LifeSiteNews believes that being able to spread the truth in charity is absolutely vital for the future of society, as the "truth shall make you free." (Jn 8:32)
And so, in order for us to charitably spread the truth far and wide, we now seek to re-engage on Twitter's public square.
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The tech entrepreneur further explained that while he believes Twitter should not have permanent bans, he does support temporary suspensions, as well as deleting tweets or making them “invisible” if individuals “say something that is illegal” or “otherwise destructive to the world.”
Permanent bans, however, “fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a town square where everyone can voice their opinion.”
“I think [banning Trump] was a morally bad decision, and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said.
However, the billionaire noted that despite his intention to reactivate Trump’s banned account, the former president “has publicly stated that he will not be coming back to Twitter, and that he will only be on Truth Social.”
“And the point that I’m trying to make, that’s perhaps not getting across, is that banning Trump from Twitter didn’t end Trump’s voice: it will amplify it among the right,” Musk explained. “And this is why it is morally wrong and flat-out stupid.”