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Musk backtracking? — Trump, Ranaut may not be back on Twitter as soon as he hinted

Before buying the social media platform, he said it will be a bastion of ‘free speech’ & Trump will be reinstated. His recent tweets indicate it might take longer than expected.

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New Delhi: With Elon Musk’s takeover of Twitter there is much buzz about banned accounts, such as that of Donald Trump and Kangana Ranaut, being reinstated. But it does not seem likely anytime soon.

Less than a day after the deal the billionaire entrepreneur tweeted that no policies at Twitter have been changed, and no accounts will be reinstated before a council convened to discuss content moderation.

He added, “To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies.”

Twitter had banned Trump in 2021 following clashes in Capitol Hill and possible incitements caused by Trump’s tweeting.

Ranaut was banned in 2021 as well following repeated violations of Twitter policy and for posting a ‘hateful’ video.

Many have celebrated Musk taking over Twitter including Congress leader Rahul Gandhi who hoped for better fact checking and a lack of “government pressure” on content moderation.

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Musk’s promises

In the run up to Musk finally purchasing the social media platform, Musk had said he would be reversing the decision to ban Trump from the platform forever.

The decision to ban Trump from the site had been made by Twitter’s then head for legal, and policy Vijaya Gadde who received flak for the decision with Musk himself hinting that Gadde represents “Twitter’s left wing bias”.

Gadde was among the top executives Musk fired immediately after he became the new owner. Others included CEO Parag Agrawal who had only held the post for less than a year and CFO Ned Segal.

Musk has earlier said he is a “free speech absolutist” which has raised concerns that Twitter under Musk will allow all and any speech on the platform.

However in a tweet addressed to advertisers Musk said that while he wants Twitter to be “warm and welcoming to all”, it cannot be a place that is a “free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences”.

(Edited by Theres Sudeep)

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