Civil Rights Leaders Attack Musk Over Trump

Elon Musk and Donald Trump

( – Civil rights leaders have attacked Twitter’s new owner, billionaire Elon Musk, for reinstating the profile of former President Donald Trump.

Musk made the decision after conducting an online poll, which attracted 15 million users, with over 51% voting to restore Trump to Twitter.

Earlier, the world’s richest person reinstated psychologist and wokeism critic Jordan Peterson and conservative satirical outlet The Babylon Bee.

Twitter, Facebook, and Google’s YouTube censored Trump while he was still the acting U.S. president over January 6, 2021, events at the U.S. Capitol.

Trump’s reinstatement is only in principle since he commented he would not be returning to Twitter and would remain on Truth Social, his own social media platform, where he has close to 5 million followers.

Regardless of that, however, Elon Musk was still blasted by civil rights leaders for lifting the ban on Trump.

“In Elon Musk’s Twittersphere, you can incite an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol, which led to the deaths of multiple people, and still be allowed to spew hate speech and violent conspiracies on his platform,” NAACP President Derrick Johnson said in a statement, as cited by CNBC News.

“Any advertiser still funding Twitter should immediately pause all advertising. If Elon Musk continues to run Twitter like this, using garbage polls that do not represent the American people and the needs of our democracy, God help us all,” he added.

Johnson’s criticism came after earlier this month, Musk held a call with the leaders of the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, Free Press, and other civil rights groups to hear their stances on Twitter’s content moderation.

However, shortly after their call, some organizations issued a call to advertisers urging them to suspend their advertising on Twitter.

They claimed that Musk’s large-scale layoffs of Twitter employees interfered with his promise to make the microblogging platform “safe” for its users.

“Unless and until Musk can be trusted to enforce Twitter’s prior community standards, the platform is not safe for users or advertisers,” read a statement by the #StopToxicTwitter coalition, which includes Free Press, Accountable Tech, and Media Matters for America.

“For those still advertising on Twitter right now: know that you are contributing directly to an erratic billionaire’s decimation of Twitter and its rapid devolution into utter chaos,” they argued.

“In less than three weeks, Musk has gone back on every promise he made to civil-rights leaders and advertisers. Musk either changed his mind or lied to civil-rights leaders and advertisers. Either way, Musk has proven himself not to be a man of his word,” declared Free Press co-CEO Jessica J. González.