- Elon Musk is dismayed that Donald Trump remains barred from Twitter, sources told the WSJ.
- The Tesla CEO offered to buy Twitter for $44 billion, which the platform’s board accepted.
- The former president was known to be controversial in his tweets, much as the tech mogul himself.
Elon Musk is dismayed that former president Donald Trump is still barred from Twitter, people who recently spoke to the tech mogul told the WSJ.
Ever since Tesla and SpaceX’s CEO made an offer to buy Twitter for $44 billion, which the company’s board accepted on April 25, banned individuals have already asked when they would get their accounts back.
He said: “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
“The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter,” Trump added.
Trump was banned from the platform in January 2021, after a mob of his supporters attempted to stop the certification of the 2020 election by storming the US capitol. His tweets had repeatedly violated Twitter’s rules against spreading disinformation, instigating violence, and during the COVID-19 pandemic, spreading false information about the disease.
Both the former president and Musk have written many controversial tweets during their time on the platform.
Musk believes he can fix Twitter and dubbed himself a “free speech absolutist.” But as Insider’s Katherine Tangalakis-Lippert reported, he has previously threatened to sue bloggers for critical coverage and fired employees for disagreeing with him.
Insider reached out to Trump’s post-presidential office but did not immediately receive a response.
Trump told Fox News: “We’re taking in millions of people, and what we’re finding is that the response on TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter.”
He added: “Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can.”