Donald Trump said Friday that he plans to leverage his own Truth Social media platform, despite billionaire Elon Musk’s acquisition of Twitter Inc, who has promised to restore the former US president’s Twitter account.
“I like Elon, but I’m sticking to the truth,” Trump told Fox News in an interview without explicitly saying he wouldn’t post on Twitter if his account is reinstated.
When he posts on his own platform, “it goes either way,” Trump told Fox. “Everyone who’s on Twitter and all the other places, they’re all getting it out anyway.”
Twitter banned Trump after the deadly attack by his supporters on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021. Musk has previously said he would reinstate Trump’s account, but Trump then said he would not return.
Musk, a self-proclaimed free speech absolutist, took over Twitter with brutal efficiency on Thursday, firing top executives but offering little clarity on how he will achieve his ambitions for the influential social media platform.
Just hours after Musk ushered in a new era on Twitter, he was inundated with pleas and demands from banned account holders and world leaders.
Earlier, in a statement on his own platform, Trump said he was happy Twitter was in “healthy hands” after Musk took over, but did not say whether he would return to his account on the platform that banned him.
Trump added that he thought his own platform “looks and works better,” writing, “I LOVE TRUTH.”
Others whose Twitter accounts have been suspended have or may soon have them restored.
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