Elon Musk has said he will lift Donald Trump’s ban on Twitter, accusing social media of left-wing bias, which has exacerbated political divisions in the United States.
“I think it was a morally bad decision and extremely stupid,” Musk said of Trump’s life ban, which was imposed shortly after the mob stormed the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 last year.
Musk has agreed to buy a social networking platform for about $ 44 billion. “I would cancel the permaban [on Trump]”- he added. “Obviously I don’t own Twitter yet, so that’s not something that’s going to happen.”
Comments made in an interview at the FT Future of the Car summit note the sharp escalation of Tesla CEO’s attacks on Twitter’s attempts to weed out hate speech and misinformation.
“Trump’s ban on Twitter did not stop Trump’s voice,” Musk said. “It will strengthen her among the right. That’s why it’s morally wrong and stupid. “
In his first interview since concluding a $ 44 billion Twitter deal two weeks ago, the world’s richest man reiterated claims that he is making the company’s largest personal acquisition to help improve what he called “the least now. ». bad public space ”online.
So far, Musk has avoided taking the political side in the fight for Twitter moderation policy, despite numerous complaints from right-wing politicians and commentators.
But on Tuesday, he spoke out aggressively against what he claimed was a “strong left-wing bias” in the social media campaign. He added that instead of deliberate bias on the part of the workers, the platform’s political leanings were probably the result of its headquarters in San Francisco.
Twitter’s political leanings “do not build trust in other parts of the United States, and perhaps in other parts of the world,” he said. “Twitter needs to be much more uniform.”
Musk has already publicly criticized platform executives involved in some of the campaign’s controversial moderation decisions, sparking criticism from many social media experts who say he doesn’t understand the difficulties of preventing hate and misinformation from seizing social media sites.
Tesla’s boss said that while he opposes a life ban, he still believes it’s the right time to suspend user accounts or make some of their tweets less visible to other Twitter users.
Asked whether he thought the tactic should be used to control Trump’s messages, he said the former president had said he would not return to Twitter but would remain on his new Truth Social website, which means Twitter could not silence the “voice”.
Musk said Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey supports him against lifelong bans. Dorsey was CEO during Trump’s ban, but unlike Facebook, where Mark Zuckerberg has the final say on punishments against prominent users, Twitter’s decisions are largely in the hands of the company’s trust and security group.
Musk brushed aside concerns about whether his purchase of Twitter from Tesla would distract him, or his closer ties to the social networking platform, where his controversial tweets often provoked strong reactions, risk affecting his electric car company.
“We can sell all the machines we can produce,” he said, adding that the company “probably” is going to start limiting the number of orders or stop accepting orders that can’t be fulfilled within a certain period of time. . Tesla said some orders are being stretched for next year.
“Even before supply chain problems arose, demand for Tesla exceeded production,” Musk said. “So now demand exceeds production to a ridiculous degree.”