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Elon Musk Says He Will Reverse Trump's Twitter Ban

The Tesla CEO and soon-to-be Twitter owner thinks the ban was a mistake.

Elon Musk says he will reverse the Twitter  (TWTR) -  ban on former President Donald Trump

This announcement ends weeks of speculation about what direction the Tesla CEO  (TSLA) -  will take Twitter once his $44 billion takeover deal is finalized. 

“I think it was a morally bad decision to be clear and foolish in the extreme,” he said at a Future of the Car event hosted by the Financial Times,

Trump was banned from Twitter last year after the January 6 riot, the risk of further violence.

He elaborated that "I do think it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake … It alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”

Musk Says He Wants Twitter To Be More 'Even Handed'

The conversation with Peter Campbell, global motor industry correspondent, mostly focused on the challenges Tesla has faced. 

When the conversation turned to Twitter, Musk at first noted that "because Twitter's a publicly traded company... there are a lot of constraints in what I can say, so I'm not sure what you would like to ask, but most of the questions, the answers are gonna be no comment."

But Musk isn't known for biting his tongue, and he talked a bit about his vision for the site, and how the return of Trump fits into that.

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"I think Twitter is currently best looked at as the least bad public square, and a forum for the exchange of ideas, nationally and internationally," he said. "I think it could be a lot better, and in order to be better at that, it needs to really get rid of the scams and spam."

He then elaborated, "I think Twitter needs to be much more even handed. It currently has a strong left bias, because it's based in San Francisco. I don't think the people necessarily intended, or least perhaps some of them don't intend to have a left bias. From their perspective, it seems moderate, but they're just coming at it from an environment that is very far left. This fails to build trust in the rest of the United States and, and also perhaps in other parts of the world."

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