The future owner of Twitter says banning the former president was a mistake.
Musk made the comments in a virtual Financial Times autos conference.
He said the ban ultimately amplified Trump’s voice among the right.
“I do think that it was not correct to ban Donald Trump. I think that was a mistake because it alienated a large part of the county, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice.”
He also called the ban a “morally bad decision” and that permanent bans undermine public trust in Twitter as a platform.
“If there are tweets that are wrong and bad, those should be either deleted or made invisible, and a suspension—a temporary suspension—is appropriate, but not a permanent ban,” Musk said.
Former President Donald Trump has previously said he was uninterested in returning to Twitter and was focused on his own platform, Truth Social.