Ex-Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey said that permanently banning former President Donald Trump from the platform in the wake of the Capitol riot was “directionally wrong.”
Dorsey claimed that booting Trump off Twitter for “incitement of violence” was “a business decision, it shouldn’t have been,” on Tuesday.
“And we should always revisit our decisions and evolve as necessary,” he continued. “I stated in that thread and still believe that permanent bans of individuals are directionally wrong.”
Dorsey’s comments came after Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who is acquiring Twitter for $44 billion, said that permanently banning Trump was a “morally bad decision” and “foolish in the extreme,” at the Future of the Car summit on Tuesday.
Musk agreed with Dorsey that permanent bans on the platform should be used sparingly, and only on scammer or bot accounts.
“I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” he remarked. “So I think this may end up being frankly worse than having a single forum where everyone can debate. I guess the answer is that I would reverse the permanent ban.”
Dorsey added that in general, “permanent bans are a failure of ours and don’t work.”
Even if Musk lifts Trump’s ban, which he can’t do until he officially owns Twitter, the former president was clear that he wasn’t interested in coming back to the platform, since launching his own, Truth Social.
“I am not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on TRUTH,” he told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he’ll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on TRUTH.”
“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,” Trump continued. “Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we are doing everything we can. The bottom line is, no, I am not going back to Twitter.”