“I think it was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and foolish in the extreme,” Musk said at the Financial Times’ Future of the Car conference on Tuesday.
Musk cautioned that his proposed takeover of Twitter — in which he would take the company private — was still “not a done deal” and that in the “best case scenario” the transaction would be completed in two or three months.
But he said that he had talked to former Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey, and they were in agreement that permanent Twitter suspensions should be reserved for bots or spam accounts.
“It was not correct to ban Donald Trump,” Musk said. “I think that was a mistake. It alienated a large part of the country.”
Rather than keep Trump from having a voice, he said, it amplified it on the right.
Trump has said that he would not return to Twitter but would maintain a presence on his own social media platform, Truth Social. But there’s a lot of doubt that he would stick to that, given the much larger reach of Twitter.