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Elon Musk’s Free Speech Stand For Twitter Opens Doors to Trump’s Potential Return -By ASC

Trump’s return will have significant implications for the media landscape

Four days after Twitter suspended Donald Trump’s account permanently on Jan. 8, 2021, the son of the then U.S. president appealed to entrepreneur Elon Musk to use his “brilliance” to launch an “unbiased” social media platform to crush competition.

Musk did not accept Donald Trump Jr.’s challenge.

But Tesla’s chief deal to acquire Twitter set him to reconsider the ban on the rude Republican – a move that could disrupt U.S. politics as the country marches toward the 2024 presidential race and a possible Trump re -election bid.

The Trump thing has been a question mark throughout the twists and turns of the Twitter deal saga.

Trump’s return will have significant implications for the media landscape that was once dominated by the former president before he was overhauled “due to the risk of further incitement to violence.”

Since then, Trump has remained the most powerful figure in Republican politics, though he has disappeared from the daily news cycle.

When Trump made the news, he went on to claim the 2020 election had been stolen from him, a false narrative that fueled his movement and sowed distrust of U.S. institutions.

– Very interesting? –

Trump said he would not return to Twitter despite being offered, telling Fox News on Monday that he would instead remain on the still -new Truth Social platform, which has struggled to get out completely.

On Tuesday, Truth Social was the most downloaded iPhone app, at least for the day. But its launch has been plagued by technical problems and it has yet to enter the country’s political radar.

Still, many still doubt Trump will be able to refuse to rejoin Twitter if given the chance.

A Washington Post article on Monday quoted an anonymous Trump aide as saying the former president deeply missed Twitter, which he hired as president to complete scores and shape the news cycle.

While chasing Twitter in recent weeks, Musk has not directly addressed Trump’s question.

Analysts believe Musk was driven primarily by a desire to control a marketing platform that seemed more than an aspiration to shape American politics.

But many read Musk’s criticism of Twitter’s content policy as suggesting he would lift Trump’s ban.

“Free speech is fundamental to a functioning democracy, and Twitter is a digital urban square where things important to the future of humanity are debated,” Musk said Monday in announcing the deal.

– ‘He sells news’ –

Trump’s return is not without its drawbacks for Musk, who may face rejection outside the Twitter world.

“Trump is about as polarizing the issue as any can imagine,” said Daniel Binns, chief executive of Interbrand North America in New York.

“There may be some short-term boycott of Tesla among a small group of potential customers,” Binns told AFP in an email.

“But for the long term, I would fear a more corrosive erosion in the affinity people have for Tesla and the sense of empathy they have for their customer base,” he added.

Still, some experts in politics and social media described Trump’s return as more likely than not based on Musk’s statement of freedom of speech and Trump’s position as a potential 2024 Republican leader candidate.

New York Times columnist Kara Swisher urged readers to be prepared for the transition from a “one -year stop of Trumpy Twitter.”

Twitter executives “will be under tremendous pressure to reconsider the ban” even if the company is not taken over by Musk, said Swisher, who predicted the deal “will likely cause Truth Social” and other emerging websites “to go out of business. “

Larry Sabato, director of the University of Virginia Political Center, predicted Trump would once again have an incredible presence if he rejoined Twitter.

“It’s going to inject Trump back into the Republican mainstream,” said Sabato, who called Trump “the worst thing that ever happened to American Democracy in my life.”

Sabato thinks Trump will likely use Twitter to shadow other politicians, including current President Joe Biden, “who don’t fill news holes” like Trump did.

Karen North, founding director of the digital social media program at the Annenberg School of the University of Southern California, believes Trump will give Truth Social a chance first before returning to Twitter, if given the chance.

The main difference from Trump’s era in the White House is that his statements are no longer worth reporting by default. That raises questions to reporters about how much the former president’s comments need to be amplified, North said.

Trump “has surprising lasting power,” he added, noting that some of the appeal may be due to his diminished presence in the daily news.

“People are still very curious and so polarized by it,” he said.

“He sells news.”

(This story has not been edited by AGRASMARTCITY staff and is automatically generated from a syndicated feed.)

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