Elon Musk, CEO of Tesla, speaks to media representatives on the Tesla Gigafactory building website In Grünheide close to Berlin, September 3, 2020.
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Elon Musk on Friday flatly denied a declare by the top of ex-President Donald Trump’s new social media firm that Trump had inspired Musk’s bid to purchase Twitter.
“This is false,” Musk tweeted in reply to a New York Post article about that declare by Trump Media & Technology Group CEO Devin Nunes.
“I’ve had no communication, directly or indirectly, with Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social,” wrote Musk, head of Tesla and SpaceX.
Nunes, throughout a televised look Wednesday on Fox Business, mentioned that Trump’s social media app, Truth Social, was “all for” Musk’s transfer to purchase Twitter and take it personal with a $44 billion provide — a considerably eyebrow-raising declare since Twitter is a competitor to Truth Social.
“President Trump, basically before Elon Musk bought it, actually said to go and buy it because you know the goal of our company is really to build a community where people are in a family friendly, safe environment,” mentioned Nunes, a former Republican congressman from California, in the course of the look.
Twitter banned Trump, who had been an obsessive person of the platform, in January 2021 for what the corporate mentioned was the “risk of further incitement of violence.”
The ban adopted the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot by a mob of Trump supporters who disrupted the certification of President Joe Biden’s election.
Trump introduced plans to launch Truth Social as a competitor to Twitter final fall, and mentioned his social media firm would turn out to be publicly traded by way of a cope with the so-called blank-check firm Digital World Acquisition.
On April 25, Twitter accepted Musk’s provide to purchase the corporate, which is contingent on approval from shareholders and regulators.
Nunes, throughout his interview on Fox Business, advised that Trump’s purported urging of Musk to purchase Twitter dovetailed with the mission of Truth Social.
“That’s why we encouraged Elon Musk to buy it, because someone has to continue to take on these tech tyrants,” Nunes mentioned. “Donald Trump wanted to make sure that the American people got their voice back and that the internet was open and that’s what we are doing.”
“And so people like Elon Musk doing what he’s doing, you know we’re definitely in favor of it,” Nunes mentioned.
In late April, Trump informed CNBC’s Joe Kernen that he wouldn’t return to Twitter even when Musk took over and reversed the ban on him.
“No, I won’t be going back on Twitter,” mentioned Trump, who had almost 90 million followers on the platform earlier than the ban.
“I will be on Truth Social within the week. It’s on schedule. We have a lot of people signed up,” he mentioned.
“I like Elon Musk. I like him a lot. He’s an excellent individual. We did a lot for Twitter when I was in the White House. I was disappointed by the way I was treated by Twitter. I won’t be going back on Twitter,” Trump mentioned.
Statistics present that Trump, who as president had averaged upward of eight tweets per day within the final half of 2017 and the primary half of 2018, steadily elevated that common within the following years. He ended up with a median of 34 tweets per day in his final half yr in workplace, earlier than being banned.
On Truth Social, Trump as of Friday had posted a so-called Truth or “ReTruthed” one other person’s publish lower than 30 occasions mixed over the previous two months. Nearly all of these posts had been made up to now week.
Correction: Devin Nunes is CEO of Trump Media & Technology Group. An earlier model misstated the corporate identify.