Elon Musk sees Twitter as the bedrock of democracy – will Trump be back?

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Twitter-banned Trump has his own Truth Social network to worry about, but could he be making a comeback?

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Musk has stated that he believes the site needs to change in order to grow and better promote freedom of expression.

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The acquisition has sparked speculation that the billionaire could significantly relax Twitter’s content moderation rules and allow suspended accounts — particularly that of former US President Donald Trump — back on the site.

So, will Trump be reinstated on the social media network?

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Here’s everything you need to know.

Will Donald Trump return to Twitter?

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When the acquisition was announced on Monday, Musk’s first remarks on the issue focused on free speech, calling it the “foundation of a functioning democracy” and describing Twitter as “a digital marketplace where important issues affecting the future of humanity are debated.” .

The billionaire has previously described himself as a “free speech absolutist” and claimed Twitter has failed to uphold its free speech ideals as its content moderation rules silence some voices.

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It’s a stance that has helped Musk gain a foothold on the political right, with many conservatives, particularly in the United States, believing social media platforms are currently unfairly targeting them.

Musk’s personal Twitter policy on free speech has a turbulent past. He has blocked people on Twitter who have previously criticized him or his companies, has been sanctioned by the US for comments about Tesla’s business, and has been sued for defamation after calling a cave diver a “pedoman”.

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Musk has raised suspicions that now that the billionaire is ready to take full control of the company, he could change Twitter’s content moderation policy and activate banned accounts — most notably Donald Trump’s.

Despite the fact that Trump previously broke the platform’s rules, the company had kept his account active according to its policies on world leaders and information in the public interest.

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What did Trump say?

Trump has said he is not returning to Twitter for the time being, according to a statement Fox News provided.

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“I’m not going on Twitter, I’m going to stick to the truth,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he will make improvements on it and he’s a good man, but I’m sticking with Truth. The bottom line is, no, I’m not going back to Twitter.”

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He’s looking for a new digital stage to mobilize his fans, but shortly after launch, Truth experienced technical difficulties and subscriber stories were blocked for hours. Others had trouble logging in.

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Trump hopes Truth Social will attract the millions of people who have followed him on Twitter, which in turn could spark a flood of new members to justify the billions of dollars invested in the company.

Truth Social website describes the new platform as “a ‘big tent’ social media platform that promotes open, free and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideologies.”

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In terms of the day-to-day functions of the platform, it seems to work as one would expect from any social media channel.

Users sign up, “join the conversation” and share their “unique” opinions by posting “a TRUTH, a TRUTH again, a photo, a message, or a video link to share with your friends, customers, and the world.” communicate”.

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What Does the Musk Acquisition Mean for Online Safety?

Amnesty International Technology Director Rasha Abdul-Rahim said: “We are concerned by any steps Twitter may be taking to undermine the enforcement of user protection policies and mechanisms.

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“The last thing we need is a Twitter that willfully turns a blind eye to violent and offensive language directed at users, especially those most affected, including women, non-binaries and others.”

The entrepreneur has stated that he plans to make the website’s algorithms open-source, which would mean the code used to create them would be publicly available, so users could see posts delivered to them in their timelines will.

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He claims he’s doing this for reasons of trust and that this model is preferable to “mysteriously upgrading or downgrading” tweets.

Musk also mentioned “defeating the spam bots,” a vow likely to be well received by all parties.

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Twitter has long had a problem with automated, fake accounts that post unhelpful or misleading content and artificially influence discussion on the network.

However, some claim that there are a handful of automated accounts that provide a genuine public service — some offer weather and natural disaster notifications, while others allow users to bookmark individual tweets or threads for later viewing. – and that discretion should be exercised rather than blanket deletion of bot accounts.

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Governments around the world, including the UK, are enacting new laws to tackle dangerous content online that will have a major impact on Musk’s vision of Twitter.

In other circumstances, there are even proposals to hold company officials legally accountable for rule-breaking.

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