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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not comment on any “hypothetical policies” that Elon Musk could introduce as the new owner of Twitter – including whether President Biden would be concerned that former President Trump was welcomed back to the platform.
Twitter announced Monday afternoon that it agreed to be acquired by Musk for $ 44 billion.
TRUMP WILL NOT RETURN TO TWITTER, EVEN AS ELON MUSK BUYS THE PLATFORM, WILL START USING HIS OWN TRUTH SOCIAL
During the daily press briefing on Monday, Psaki was asked if the White House was concerned that Musk’s purchase of Twitter could change Trump’s permanent suspension on the platform.
“No matter who owns or operates Twitter, the president has long been concerned about the power of major social media platforms, the power they have over our everyday lives,” Psaki said. “He has long argued that technology platforms should be held accountable for the damage they cause.”
Trump was permanently suspended from Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Snapchat after the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. Twitter considered a number of his tweets associated with the violent protests as inflammatory and warned of “the risk of further incitement to violence.”
Psaki said Biden has been “a strong supporter of fundamental reforms to achieve this goal, including section 230 reforms, the adoption of antitrust reforms that require more transparency, and he is encouraged that there is bipartisan interest in Congress.”
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Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act currently states that “no provider or user of an interactive computer service may be treated as a publisher or speaker of information provided by another provider of information content.”
“As for what hypothetical policies can happen, I just do not want to talk about it at this point,” Psaki said.
However, Trump said in an exclusive interview with Fox News Monday that he would not return to Twitter and would instead use his own social media platform, TRUTH Social.
“I’m not going on Twitter, I want to stay on the TRUTH,” Trump told Fox News. “I hope Elon buys Twitter because he wants to improve it and he’s a good man, but I want to stay on the TRUTH.”
Trump told Fox News he will begin “TRUTHing” within the next week.
Trump Media & Technology Group’s social media platform, TRUTH Social, was formally launched last month and has been up and running under its brand new cloud services for four days after beta testing since February. Former rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., Is the company’s CEO.
“We receive millions of people, and what we find is that the answer to TRUTH is much better than being on Twitter,” Trump said. “Twitter has bots and fake accounts, and we do everything we can.”
He added: “The bottom line is, no, I’m not going back to Twitter.”
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Asked whether a Musk-owned Twitter could compete with the TRUTH, Trump said he believes it would be a positive development on social media.
“I think it’s good. We want freedom and justice and justice in our country, and the more we can have open, the better,” Trump said. “But no, I do not see it as a competition for what I do.”
“This is a platform for my voice. TRUTH is a platform for my voice and for my supporters,” Trump said. “But I want everyone to come over to the TRUTH – conservative, liberal, whatever.”