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Elon Musk says he’d reverse Twitter ban on Trump

Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk talks with then US president Donald Trump after viewing the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center,  on May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
Tesla and SpaceX Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk talks with then US president Donald Trump after viewing the SpaceX flight to the International Space Station, at Kennedy Space Center, on May 30, 2020, in Cape Canaveral, Florida. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

SAN FRANCISCO — Elon Musk on Tuesday says he would lift Twitter’s ban on former US president Donald Trump if his deal to buy the global messaging platform is successful.

“I would reverse the ban,” the billionaire says at a Financial Times conference, noting that he doesn’t own Twitter yet, so “this is not like a thing that will definitely happen.”

The Tesla chief’s $44-billion deal to buy Twitter must still get the backing of shareholders and regulators, but he has voiced enthusiasm for less content moderation and fewer bans.

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