Donald Trump and banned users won’t be back until the midterms, Musk announced

OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP (FILES) In this file photo caption taken on August 10, 2020, US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account is shown on a mobile phone in Arlington, Virginia. – Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said on November 2, 2022, that it will be “a few weeks” before any banned accounts — such as former US president Donald Trump’s — are returned to the platform. Twitter users are watching closely to see if Musk will bring back Trump, who was banned for instigating last year’s attack on the Capitol by a mob seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 election, and others. prohibited users. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP)

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If former US President Donald Trump gets his Twitter account back in “a few weeks”. However, he will not be able to do so before the mid-term elections, which will take place on November 8th.

UNITED STATES – Good or bad news, we let you be the judge… Tech magnate and Twitter’s new boss Elon Musk announced on Wednesday November 3 on his favorite social network that users banned from the blue bird platform will not be able to in violation of its rules. for them to return before “a few weeks”. Or, in other words, after the mid-term elections in the United States, which will take place on Tuesday, November 8.

“Twitter will not allow anyone removed from the platform for violating its rules to return until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least several weeks”said Elon Musk from his personal account.

The multibillionaire, who recently acquired Twitter for $44 billion, announced in the same publication that the return of banned users would be conditional on the creation of a “moderation council”. It should be included “representatives with widely differing perspectives, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups dealing with hate-motivated violence,” he added.

Towards the return of Donald Trump?

If the announcement appears at first glance to have no political meaning, however, it may allow the most famous of the users banned by Twitter, the former American president Donald Trump, who was expelled from the platform shortly after the attack in the Capitol in January 2021, to return to his favorite platform.

Donald Trump announced after his expulsion from the social network that he will not return to Twitter, preferring his own social network to the still confidential hearing, Truth Social. Many believe, however, that the former president can hardly resist the desire to return to the social network, where he has more than 80 million subscribers.

Elon Musk, an ardent defender of freedom of expression on the Internet and in the United States, also condemned the permanent suspension of the president as a “the decision is morally wrong and pointless in the extreme”.

Social network moderation of risk

Since the acquisition of Twitter, the boss of Tesla has provoked the anger of several organizations and personalities, who are worried about a relaxation of the policy of moderation, leaving the voice in the most extremist speeches.

A collective of almost 50 associations for the defense of democracy, the fight against disinformation, or even the observation of the media, sent an open letter to the 20 largest advertisers on Twitter, warning them that Elon Musk’s promises in a platform to stay “warm and friendly for everyone”does not represent “really dishonest about his plans for Twitter”.

Challenging in particular Coca-Cola, Google, but also Disney, the coalition urges these large groups to inform Elon Musk that they will stop all advertising on Twitter on a global scale if he sets up the his project. “intends to undermine brand safety and community standards, including stopping content moderation”.

In a tweet on the night of Monday to Tuesday, Elon Musk said that he spoke with several leaders of associations for the defense of minority rights in “how Twitter will continue to address hate speech and harassment, and enforce its election integrity policy”.

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