Elon Musk denies Donald Trump ‘encouraged’ him to buy Twitter

Elon Musk called the report “false”.

Washington:

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk has denied a US daily report that former President Donald Trump, who has been permanently banned from Twitter, “encouraged” him to buy the microblogging site. Mr Musk called the report “false”.

The New York Post report quotes Devin Nunes, the CEO of Donald Trump’s own social media app, Truth Social, as saying the former president “encouraged Elon Musk to buy it (Twitter) because someone has to take on these tech tyrants”.

When the American daily shared his story on Twitter, Elon Musk replied: “That’s wrong. I had no direct or indirect communication with [Donald] Trump, who has publicly stated that he will be exclusively on Truth Social.”

Last month, Elon Musk bought Twitter in an all-cash deal worth $44 billion. The dice started rolling for the deal in early April when the Tesla boss revealed he was Twitter’s largest individual shareholder with a 9% stake in the company. Soon, he agreed to join Twitter’s board, but stepped down less than a week after accepting the offer.

Mr Musk presented his Twitter deal as a move to protect free speech, accusing the company’s top executives of outlandish censorship. The SpaceX chief has yet to clearly spell out his plans for how he wants to change Twitter.

Meanwhile, speculation swirled as to whether Donald Trump would return to Twitter under the new leadership.

The social media platform banned Donald Trump in January 2021, following violence in the US Capitol by his supporters.

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