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Twitter will have ‘hard time’ keeping Trump off if he runs in 2024


Ro Khanna (US Representative) speaks at a conference after a vote by the US House to end US military involvements in Yemen. The press conference was held on Capitol Hill, Washington DC on April 4, 2019.

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Thought Elon Musk’s purchaseOf TwitterHas renewed questionsOne Democratic lawmaker stated Tuesday that if Donald Trump is elected to a second term in office, the platform will be restored. This was regardless of the new owner.

“If he’s the Republican nominee or if he’s a major candidate, I think regardless of whether it’s Elon Musk, I think probably anyone at Twitter would find a hard time saying that that person should be denied access to the platform,” Rep. Ro Khanna, D-Calif., told Andrew Ross Sorkin on CNBC’s “Squawk Box.”

Donald Trump, however, stated Monday that he would not return to Twitter if Elon Musk lifted the ban.

Twitter treated me poorly, and that was disappointing. “I won’t go back to Twitter,” Trump said. Trump said he will instead be on Truth Social, which has been billed as a free speech alternative to Big Tech platforms and is part of the Trump Media & Technology Group.

Khanna stated that it was appropriate for Twitter to suspend Trump temporarily for inciting violence after the Jan. 6th insurrection at U.S. Capitol. However, he was skeptical that Twitter could keep its permanent ban against Trump.

Khanna explained that it was impossible to keep the Republican top contenders off a platform if there is repeated bad behavior.

Khanna said that Twitter would need to have a strategy for dealing with Trump’s infractions if Trump is allowed back onto the site.

Khanna stated that if Musk enters the race for ’24, and is allowed to return on the track, what safeguards are in place? Guardrails that say if you incite violence, you’ll have to be backpedaled.” My sense is that Elon Musk would make the final decision.

Twitter didn’t immediately reply to our request for comment.

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