Donald Trump Jr. asks Elon Musk to create social media platform to ‘save free speech’
Published in Jan 2021 / Updated in Feb 2021
Donald Trump Jr. recently took to Instagram to ask Elon Musk for help. He urged the multi-billionaire to make his own social media platform to “save free speech in America.”
“Why doesn’t Elon Musk create a social media platform?” Trump said in the Instagram video.
“This guy put manned people into space. He did so privately. He took on big government and did it better, cheaper, faster than they ever could. This is the guy to do it.”
Donald Trump Jr.’s Plea
He said that the CEO of SpaceX could be the right one to create such a platform after he took on “West Coast high tech” for being the “de facto arbiter of free speech”.
He then continued: “Someone like him has the brilliance to come up with something that blows Twitter away.
“I am not looking for a conservative echo chamber, I want a platform to argue my ideas vs someone else’s and not just people in a place telling me what I want to hear.”
Don Jr pleads: “Elon why don’t you do that. Get out there and come up with a concept. I think you are literally the guy to save free speech in America.”
Several Social Media Platforms Have Permanently Banned Donald Trump
After the assault on the Capitol, some social media platforms have permanently banned Trump, including Facebook, Instagram, and YouTube.
The official Twitter Safety account wrote: “After a close review of recent Tweets from the @realDonaldTrump account and the context around them we have permanently suspended the account due to the risk of further incitement of violence.”
“In the context of horrific events this week, we made it clear on Wednesday that additional violations of the Twitter Rules would potentially result in this very course of action.”
“Our public interest framework exists to enable the public to hear from elected officials and world leaders directly. It is built on a principle that the people have a right to hold power to account in the open.”
“However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules and cannot use Twitter to incite violence. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement.”
Trump wrote on the presidency’s account that “Twitter is not about free speech.” He was referring to the possibility of building his own social media platform in the future.