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THE BIRD IS FREED: Elon Musk takes Twitter CEO role, will REVERSE permanent bans – Trump could make return

ELON Musk will take the chief executive role at Twitter, Inc after completing his $44bn acquisition of the platform, and will abolish permanent bans on users, it has been reported.

Mr Musk is set to replace Parag Agrawal, who was one of several senior executives fired Friday as the takeover was completed but may eventually cede the role in the longer term, according to a report from Bloomberg.

ACCOUNT SUSPENDED: Parag was reportedly ‘escorted out of Twitter’ after the Musk takeover.

The Tesla boss also intends to get rid of permanent bans on user accounts because he does not believe in lifelong suspensions, the report said, meaning high-profile and polarising figures who had been previously banned, including Donald Trump, would be allowed to return – but it remains unclear when this could happen.

On Friday, Mr Trump posted to his own Truth Social platform that he was “very happy Twitter is now in sane hands” and but did not comment on any possible return, but instead praised his own app, which was launched after his Twitter ban.

Mr Musk appeared to celebrate that his protracted takeover of the social media giant had been completed by tweeting shortly before 5am UK time on Friday: “the bird is freed”, in reference to Twitter’s bird logo.

Many people have raised concerns over some of Mr Musk’s proposals for a Twitter platform under his management, most notably his stance as a “free speech absolutist” who would allow any content which was not illegal to remain on the site.

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This approach would likely clash with the unpopular UK proposed regulation for the tech sector, including the UK’s Online Safety Bill, which will require the biggest platforms to not only remove illegal content, but also to take action against “legal but harmful” material that has been designated a priority and a threat to user safety.

 the billionaire has already made some moves in an effort to calm these fears. On Thursday, he posted a statement aimed at Twitter’s advertisers where he said he was acquiring the platform because he believed it was important to have a space where “a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner”.

He added that “Twitter obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences”.

“In addition to adhering to the laws of the land, our platform must be warm and welcoming to all, where you can choose your desired experience according to your preferences,” he said.

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As part of his other plans for the site, Mr Musk has also spoken of removing all spam and bot accounts from and using Twitter as part of a so-called “everything app” called X, where users are able to access a wide range of services in one place.

That is similar to WeChat in China, where users are able to access social media, online shopping and money transfer, taxi hire, restaurant booking and more from within one app.



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