Elon Musk, who is poised to acquire the social media platform Twitter upon gathering enough funding, spoke out on the site this week, saying Twitter has a “strong left wing bias” when it comes to banning or restricting verified accounts.
Responding to a Tweet by right wing commentator Mike Cernovich, asking why Twitter would allow certain groups to “incite terrorism” but others are not, attaching a Tweet written by writer Caroline Reilly that appeared to call for more arson in retaliation for restrictive abortion legislation.
“Here you go @elonmusk, when Twitter employees invariably lie to you about enforcement policy, maybe they can explain why a verified account is allowed to incite terrorism without any care in the world about being banned,” wrote Cernovich.
Musk replied to Cernovich, saying simply, “Twitter [obviously] has a strong left wing bias.” He continued in another Tweet, “Like I said, my preference is to hew close to the laws of countries in which Twitter operates. If the citizens want something banned, then pass a law to do so, otherwise it should be allowed.”
Musk recently said if his $44 billion deal to buy Twitter is completed, he would reinstate the account of former President Donald Trump, who was banned from the platform in January last year after his supporters stormed the US Capitol building.
Musk said the decision to ban Trump “was a morally bad decision, to be clear, and foolish in the extreme.” He added, “I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. 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.”
The former president is set to begin posting on his own new social media platform, Truth Social, sometime in the coming weeks.