Washington – Former President Donald Trump has said he will not return to Twitter even if his account is reinstated by Elon Musk, who isthe company for 44 billion.
Trump told Fox News that he would instead maintain a presence on Truth Social, the social media platform launched earlier this year by a new media company he founded, and expects to start using the site over the next seven days. Truth Social is one of the brands under the Trump Media and Technology Group, though the platform’s popularity has waned in the weeks since its launch in February.
“I hope Elon buys Twitter because he wants to improve it and he’s a good man, but I want to stay on Truth,” the former president told Fox News.
Trump claimed that the number of users on Truth Social is growing, and the response on the platform is “much better than being on Twitter.
“The bottom line is, no, I’m not going back to Twitter,” he said, adding that Truth Social is a platform for his voice and his supporters.
Trump was a prolific user of Twitter across his presidency, using his account to announce staff and policy changes and go after his critics. But the companyfrom the platform in the wake of the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Twitter said that after reviewing Trump’s tweets and the context surrounding them, it decided to suspend his account permanently “because of the risk of further incitement to violence.”
The former president used his Twitter account in the weeks between the 2020 presidential election and the January 6 uprising to encourage his supporters to gather in Washington in protest of the election, which he mistakenly claimed was fraudulent against him.
Trump does not yet use Truth Social, though Devin Nunes, a former California congressman who serves as CEO of the Trump Media and Technology Group, said it “will be coming soon.”
“President Trump has no reason to go back to Twitter, and why should we go and depend on anyone?” Nunes told Fox News’ “Fox & Friends” in an interview Tuesday.
He and other Republicans have accused sites like Twitter and Facebook of censoring conservative voices and haveof one which protects social media companies from being held responsible for content posted by their users.
Twitter announced Monday that it had reached an agreement with Musk, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX, to buy the company. The deal values the company at about $ 44 billion. Once the transaction is complete, Twitter becomes privately owned.
“Freedom of speech is the foundation of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital urban space where issues crucial to humanity’s future are discussed,” Musk, who has 85 million followers, said in a statement.