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Musk says he will reverse Twitter ban on Trump

by Calvin Chan | The Associated Press

LONDON – Elon Musk said that he would reverse former President Donald Trump’s permanent ban on Twitter if Tesla CEO follows through on his plan to buy the social media company.

Speaking virtually at the Future of the Car Summit hosted by the Financial Times, Musk said Twitter’s Trump ban was a “morally bad decision” and “stupid in the extreme”. He added that permanent bans on Twitter accounts should be rare and reserved for accounts that are scams or automated bots.

Twitter banned Trump’s account in January 2021 for “inciting violence” following the January 6 uprising at the US Capitol.

Trump has previously said he has no intention of joining Twitter again, even if his account has been reinstated, telling Fox News last month that he would instead focus on his own platform, Truth Social. , which has run into problems since its launch earlier this year.

“I’m not going to be on Twitter. I’m going to stay on the truth,” Trump told the network. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll improve it and he’s a good person, but I’m on the truth.” I’m going to stay.”

A Trump spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment in response to Musk’s remarks.

This is a breaking news update. Below is an earlier story from Associated Press.

LONDON – Elon Musk, who is offering to buy Twitter, has extended his support to a new EU law aimed at protecting social media users from harmful content after meeting with the bloc’s single market chief.

EU Internal Markets Commissioner Thierry Breton told the Associated Press on Tuesday that he told Musk how the bloc’s online rules aim to preserve free speech, while also ensuring that whatever is illegal “in digital space.” would be prohibited”, which Musk “absolutely agreed to”.

In a video Breton tweeted late Monday, Musk said the two had a “great discussion” and that he agrees to the Digital Services Act, which is expected to get final approval later this year. It will also make their platforms more stringently for big tech companies like Twitter, Google and Facebook parent Meta Police to handle illegal or harmful content such as hate speech and propaganda or fines billions.

Musk’s plan to buy Twitter for $44 billion has sparked fears he would transition to a platform that prioritizes free speech over online safety – potentially putting him at odds with emerging regulations in Europe that have sparked global agitation. Inspired to crack. The power of tech giants.

The views of Musk and the European Union may be closer than they appear in the 65-second clip. Breton says in the video that he explained the Digital Services Act to Musk at a meeting at Tesla’s Texas headquarters. Musk replied that it “absolutely aligns with my thinking.”

“I agree with everything you said, really,” Musk said. “I think we’re of the same mind and, you know, I think whatever my companies can do that can be beneficial to Europe, that’s what we want to do.”

The Twitter takeover effort by Musk, a billionaire and self-described free speech absolutist, had raised concerns that he would take a hands-on approach to content moderation.

Bretton told the Associated Press that he explained to Musk that the new law means “we need more moderators, and the language we operate in. So he totally understood.”

Breton said the pair agreed on the importance of being able to inspect the algorithms that determine what is being shown to social media users.

The Digital Services Act requires more transparency for algorithms, and Musk has called for them to be open to public oversight.

Another topic of discussion was President Donald Trump’s Twitter ban for inciting violence at the US Capitol rebellion, which Musk reportedly opposed.

Breton said he told Musk that EU law includes provisions to uphold users’ rights, such as giving them the right to impose restrictions.

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