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Elon Musk will allow Donald Trump to return to Twitter

Elon Musk will allow the return of donald trump a Twitter. The tech tycoon, in the process of gaining full control of the social networkexplained this Tuesday that he will reverse the veto imposed more than a year ago on the former president of the USA.

“I think it was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and dumb in the extreme,” Musk said, as part of an event on the Future of the Automobile organized by the ‘Financial Times’. “It was a mistake. It alienated a large part of the country and it didn’t ultimately result in Trump having no voice.”

Musk has reiterated his position against permanent bans, a decision he believes undermines users’ trust in Twitter. “If there are tweets that are wrong and bad they should be deleted or made invisible,” he said. “A suspension is appropriate, but not a permanent ban.

Asked about this possibility, Trump assured at the end of April that he had no intention of using Twitter again, a platform that he used to amplify his messages and avoid the control of the press. Instead, he said he, he will stay in TruthSocialthe failed platform that has been trying to promote for months.

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At the head of powerful technology companies such as Tesla either SpaceXMusk reached an agreement with the Twitter board on April 25 to buy the digital platform for 44,000 million dollars (about 41,000 million euros). The richest man in the world has assured that the operation does not respond to the desire to gain more power, but to a crusade so that the social network has a more absolutist position on freedom of expression. That raises fears that his takeover, which could take place in about six months, could translate into a blow against content moderation policies that have tried to reduce hateful content and disinformation.

This Monday he denounced that, according to him, Twitter has a “strong leftist bias” because its headquarters are in the city of San Francisco. Musk has assured during the talk that the platform needs to balance that ideological scale. However, in recent weeks he has intensified his usual attacks against progressive causes, trade unions and human rights organizations, as well as amplified the messages of known conspiracy theorists extreme right.

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The Republican leader’s account was blocked by the platform after he used it to encourage the insurrection of a mob of far-right supporters against the Washington Capitol, an assault on US democracy with which it was intended to forcibly stop the certification of the electoral victory of Joe Biden.

The decision, which the Twitter board justified by the “risk of inciting violence” was controversial. And it is that although the law protects that, as a private company, the platform decides how to regulate that digital agora, Trump’s blockade evidenced the unregulated power of this type of company to shape public debate.

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