Twitter Suspended Its Accounts For Violating Twitter Rules
The world’s richest man Elon Musk said he would roll back the Twitter ban on former US President Donald Trump when he acquired the social networking platform, the clearest signal yet of the intention to abolish website censorship.
Elon Musk has signed a $44 billion deal to buy Twitter Inc. to buy. Before that, Musk was expected to become Twitter’s interim CEO after the deal was closed, according to Reuters.
The issue of Trump’s recovery has been seen as a test of how far Musk will go in making the changes, even though Trump himself has said he will not return.
Twitter, like other US-based social media platforms, has banned many individuals from violating its policies on disinformation and glorification of violence.
Musk added that he and Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey believe that a permanent ban should be “extremely rare” and should be reserved for accounts that use bots or spread spam.
“Wrong and unkind” tweets should be deleted or hidden, and account suspensions may be appropriate, Musk said. “I think the fixers are basically just undermining trust in Twitter as a town square where people can express their views.”
Musk said the decision to ban Trump reinforced Trump’s views on political rights advocates, calling the ban “morally wrong and stupid.”
The suspension of Trump’s account, which has more than 88 million followers, silenced his main broadcaster days before the end of his tenure and sparked years of debate about how social media companies should censor the accounts of powerful world leaders.
Shortly after the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, Trump was permanently banned from Twitter. Twitter called in its decision “the risk of further incitement to violence”.
Megan Squire, a senior data analytics fellow at the Southern Poverty Law Center, said a permanent ban on mainstream networks, or de-platforming, has been a successful tactic to reduce the reach of abusive messages and behavior.
Musk confirmed some limits, telling a European Union official on Monday that EU policies are “fully aligned” with his thinking about controlling illegal content.