Musk Says He Would Lift Twitter's Trump Ban

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    The Facts

    • Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk, who's in the midst of a $44B takeover of Twitter, said on Tues. that, if successful, he will "reverse the permaban" of Trump from the platform.

    • In comments made virtually at the Financial Times Future of the Car conference, Musk said "I think [the permanent ban] was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and foolish in the extreme."

    The Spin

    Pro-Trump narrative

    The lifting of the Trump Twitter ban would be a victory for free speech. Assuming he'd return to his old tweeting ways, it would also be a boon for his prospects to return to the presidency in 2024.

    Left narrative

    Trump was a misinformation-spreading menace before he was banned and he continues to be one without the help of Twitter. As long as the twice-impeached former president continues to sew unfounded doubts about the legitimacy of the 2020 election, it makes no sense to give him back a megaphone.

    Narrative C

    Even with Trump banned, Twitter continues to be a hellscape of fake accounts, misogyny, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia and other social maladies. Twitter is irredeemable, so if even Musk gives in to conservatives' distorted idea of free speech and lets Trump back on it won't make much of a difference.

    Nerd narrative

    There's a 60% chance that Trump will regain a Twitter account in 2022, according to the Metaculus prediction community.

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