Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, said on Tuesday that he would reverse Twitter’s ban on former US President Donald Trump during his address at the Financial Times Future of the Car conference.
Musk, who called himself an absolutist for freedom of expression, recently signed a $44-billion agreement for the acquisition of the social media platform.
Twitter did not respond to an immediate request for comment.
Suspending Trump’s account, which had over 88 million followers, silenced his primary megaphone just days before the end of his mandate and followed years of debate on how social media companies should moderate the accounts of powerful global leaders.
Trump received a permanent suspension from Twitter shortly after January 6 riot on the US Capitol. Twitter cited “the danger of incitement to violence” in its decision.
The decision magnified his opinions among people of the political right, Musk said, describing the ban as “morally wrong and utterly foolish.”
Trump previously told Fox News that he would not go back to Twitter even though Musk buys the platform and restores his account, and said he would use his social networking application called Truth Social, which launched on the Apple App Store at the end of February but was glitchy until more recently when it began to leave more users.
No immediate comments by a spokesperson for Trump.