Elon Musk said that if his deal to buy Twitter closes, he will “lift the permanent ban” and allow former President Donald J. Trump will return to the social network, reversing the decision of the social network after Mr. Trump’s tweets about the riots in the US Capitol. last year.

“I think it was wrong to ban Donald Trump, I think it was a mistake because it alienated most of the country and ultimately did not lead to Donald Trump not having the right to vote,” Musk said at the meeting. Financial Times conference on Tuesday.

Twitter, along with other platforms, including Facebook, has banned Mr. Trump from tweeting following the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol building. At the time, Twitter said Mr Trump had violated policy and risked inciting violence among his supporters. Facebook has banned Mr. Trump for similar reasons.

Mr Musk called the decision to ban Mr Trump “morally wrong and absolutely stupid”. He said individual messages on Twitter could be hidden, and that individual people could still be temporarily suspended, “if they say something illegal or otherwise, you know, destructive to the world.” But he said “permanent bans are just fundamentally undermining trust in Twitter.”

Mr Musk is in the process of finalizing his $ 44 billion Twitter takeover bid, which last month accepted the billionaire’s offer on social media. The acquisition is expected to be completed within the next three to six months.

Tesla’s chief executive avoided publicly telling how he would address Mr Trump’s ban status. But he has repeatedly stated his intention to expand freedom of speech on the platform and suggested that Twitter was holding back democratic policies.

In a late April interview with Fox News, Mr Trump said he would not join the platform even if Mr Musk lifted the ban. “I’m not going to Twitter, I’m staying on the TRUTH,” he said then, referring to his Truth Social app.

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