NEW YORK (AFP) – Former US president Donald Trump vowed he wouldn’t be returning to Twitter if his account was reinstated following the purchase of the platform by tech billionaire Elon Musk, introduced on Monday (April 25).
The Republican chief stated he can be utilizing his personal web site, Truth Social, though he seems solely to have posted as soon as since its launch in February.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” Trump stated, based on FoxNews.com, including that Musk was a “good man” who would enhance the service.
“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. Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can,” he informed the community.
Trump was banned for all times from Twitter – and impeached for a second time – following the January 2021 assault on the US Capitol by his supporters, with the corporate citing the “risk of further incitement of violence”.
The California-based platform has been dogged by complaints from conservatives that it was biased in opposition to them and violating their free speech rights with suspensions for rule-breaking.
Lawmakers have known as for the modification or repeal of a 1996 legislation shielding social media platforms from legal responsibility over their content material moderation practices and for the postings of third events.
Musk, whose immense wealth stems from the recognition of Tesla electrical autos, as properly as different ventures, struck a deal on Monday to purchase Twitter for $44 billion (S$60 billion), the corporate introduced.
A self-proclaimed “free-speech absolutist”, he’s anticipated to take a much less strong strategy to regulating content material, and analysts have speculated that he could reinstate accounts of Trump and allies who’ve fallen afoul of the rules.
Trump appeared to have spoken to Fox News earlier than he was conscious of Musk’s purchase. But progressive group Media Matters for America had already warned that the previous president may return.
“Any negotiations to sell Twitter to Musk must include clear enforceable mechanisms to uphold and maintain existing community standards, including the removal of those who violate those standards,” the group’s president Angelo Carusone stated in an announcement.
Trump struggled to pronounce the identify of his social media platform throughout a rally in Ohio on Saturday, showing to seek advice from it as “something called trove, Truth Central”. He took a number of weeks to submit after its launch in February.
More than a million customers downloaded the app after its launch however curiosity seems to have waned amid technical glitches and lengthy wait occasions to entry accounts.