Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey has backed Elon Musk’s plan to reinstate Donald Trump’s account, saying the decision to ban the former US president had “failed”.
Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter following the Capitol riots on January 6 for violating the platform’s rules against inciting violence, a decision the company has said was taken by then-CEO Jack Dorsey.
On Tuesday, Elon Musk said he would restore Trump’s banned account on Twitter if his deal to acquire the company is completed.
“I think it was a morally bad decision to be frank and silly,” he said at the Future of the Car event organized by the Financial Times.
Backing Musk’s remarks, the Twitter co-founder said the decision to ban Trump’s account was a “failure.”
“I agree. There are exceptions (CSE, illegal behavior, spam or network manipulation, etc.), but usually permanent sanctions are our failure and don’t work, which I wrote about here after the incident (and one of the Was called for flexible social media protocols),” he tweeted.
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— jack⚡️ (@jack) 10 May 2022
He re-shared a tweet from January 13, 2021, saying he did not “celebrate or take pride in banning Trump from the stage” but “based on threats to our physical safety.” Take a decision with the best information you have.” And off Twitter.”
Musk, the world’s richest man, called the ban a “morally bad decision”, saying the permanent ban undermines trust on Twitter.
“If there are tweets that are wrong and bad, they should either be removed or made invisible, and the suspension — a temporary suspension — is justified, but not a permanent ban,” Musk said.
He said, “I think it was not right to ban Donald Trump. I think it was a mistake … It isolated a large part of the country and ultimately did not voice Donald Trump.”
The Tesla tycoon’s $44 billion (about Rs 3,37,465 crore) takeover bid was accepted by Twitter’s board of directors last month, but it still needs regulatory approval. Trump has said that even if his account was reinstated, he would not be interested in joining Twitter, insisting he plans to stay with his budding social media network, Truth Social.
Last week, Musk denied a report that Trump had encouraged him to buy Twitter, tweeting that he had “no direct or indirect communication” with the former president.
For his part, Trump has said that he will not return to Twitter, instead promoting his own social media venture, Truth Social, even if his account is reinstated.
Musk last month agreed to buy Twitter in a $44 billion deal. However, he said the transaction was not a complete deal and that several steps, including a Twitter shareholder vote, still needed to be completed.