Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey backed Elon Musk’s plan to lift former US President Donald Trump’s ban, saying the decision to permanently ban him from the social network was “a failure”.
Donald Trump was permanently banned from Twitter in January 2021 over fears of inciting further violence following the attack on the US Capitol. In a daily interview the Financial Times on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, Musk called the move to ban Trump a ” morally bad and indicated that he would reinstate the former president of the United States if his offer to buy the platform was finalized.
Meanwhile, on the evening of May 10, 2022, Twitter co-founder Jack Dorsey, who had resigned as CEO on November 29, 2021, confirmed his approval by responding to a tweet from Dan Primack, editor-in-chief of Axios.
Jack Dorsey campaigns for Trump’s return
Although he was the CEO when Twitter permanently suspended Donald Trump’s account, Jack Dorsey said on May 10, 2022 that he agreed with Elon Musk that permanent bans can be a failure on the blue social network: It was a business decision, it shouldn’t have been. And we should always review our decisions and evolve as necessary. I still believe that banning people infinitely is not a good direction to go. »
” We made this decision based on the information we had and what we thought was best. Situation not possible. I say a company shouldn’t have to take in the first place. Not for something as important as a public conversation”explained Jack Dorsey.
Elon Musk says he’s ready to reinstate Trump on Twitter
Even if he will not be able to exonerate himself from respecting the law, Elon Musk indicated this Tuesday, May 10, 2022 that if he definitively took control of Twitter, he would lift the suspension of the account of former American President Donald Trump, decided after the attack on the Capitol. Musk believes it was a decision “ morally bad and senseless » “I think that was a mistake, because it alienated a lot of the country and ultimately didn’t stop Donald Trump from being heard”underlined the entrepreneur and the richest man in the world during a conference organized by the FinancialTimes.
And to add: “ That’s not to say that anyone can say what they want, if they say something illegal or destructive to the world, but then consider temporary suspensions or tweets that are made invisible or with a very limited scope (…) But I think permanent bans fundamentally undermine trust in Twitter as a public place where everyone can express their opinion.”
Dorsey had already re-shared a tweet dated January 14, 2021, where he claimed he felt no pride in banning former US President Donald Trump from the platform. In his opinion, he had made the fairest and most reasonable decision: “I made a decision with the best information we have based on physical security threats both on and off Twitter. »
As a reminder, on April 25, 2022 the board of directors of Twitter had signed an agreement for the total takeover of the social network by Elon Musk, the richest man in the world, for 44 billion dollars. But, there would have to be several events unfold before the takeover is fully completed, and there are still things that could cause the deal to unravel.