After hearing the news that entrepreneur Elon Musk joined Twitter’s board of directors on April 4, the most conservative users have placed all their hope that he will allow Donald Trump to return to the social network and end its censorship policy.
The 45th president of the United States has suffered censorship on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube since January 2021.
While Musk has described himself as independent of politics, the entrepreneur has supported Trump’s anti-abortion policies, arguing that abortion is “one of the greatest risks to civilization,” and said that society “will collapse” if people don’t start having “more children,” according to the Independent.
He has also staked out an anti-Covid stance in California, describing the measure as “fascist.” In his tweets, he has criticized policies implemented by President Biden, especially those related to state subsidies and those related to the federal budget.
Musk’s 80.5 million Twitter followers make him one of the most popular figures on the platform. According to AP, he now has a 9% stake and a place on the corporate board of directors.
The billionaire has stated that Twitter does not advocate free speech rights, an opinion he shares with followers of Donald Trump and other conservative personalities who have had their accounts suspended for allegedly violating Twitter’s content rules.
Although Trump has launched a social network called Truth Social, his followers call on Musk to remove the suspension from the former president’s account.
“Now that @ElonMusk is Twitter’s largest shareholder, it’s time to lift political censorship,” tweeted Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) on Monday.
“Oh… and BRING BACK TRUMP!”
Musk got users excited by asking if they would like an edit button for tweets, minutes after the news that he became the company’s largest shareholder.
“Want an edit button?” tweeted Musk. The poll generated more than 2.74 million votes as of Tuesday morning.
The mega-billionaire invested $2.89 billion in Twitter, making him the largest shareholder, ahead of Vanguard, Morgan Stanley, and BlackRock, the New York Post reported.
Moreover, Musk tweeted on April 5: I look forward to working with Parag and the Twitter Board to make significant improvements to Twitter in the coming months!
These statements have created an expectation of change among Twitter users who think it is possible to remove censorship from the social network, and not only from the former president but from all the accounts suspended to date.