Elon Musk Claims Trump's Truth Social Was Created Over Twitter Censoring

Elon Musk said on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump's social media application, Truth Social, was created due to Twitter's censorship.

"Truth Social (terrible name) exists because Twitter censored free speech," Musk tweeted, shortly after sharing a photo that showed Truth Social above Twitter on Apple's top free apps. Musk followed up his tweet joking that Truth Social should be called "Trumpet instead!"

The tweet by Musk comes just a few days after he successfully purchased Twitter for $44 billion. "Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," Musk said in a statement following the purchase of the social media giant.

Following Musk's purchase of Twitter, many have questioned if the Tesla and SpaceX CEO will make concrete changes to the social media platform, such as reinstating Trump's Twitter account. In the days after the January 6 riot at the Capitol, Twitter announced that it was permanently suspending Trump's account "due to the risk of further incitement of violence."

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Elon Musk said on Wednesday that former President Donald Trump's social media app, Truth Social, was created following censorship by Twitter. Above, Musk is seen at the Tesla Giga Texas manufacturing "Cyber Rodeo" grand opening party on April 7 in Austin, Texas. SUZANNE CORDEIRO/AFP/Getty

"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," Twitter said in a blog post on January 8, 2021. "However, we made it clear going back years that these accounts are not above our rules entirely and cannot use Twitter to incite violence, among other things. We will continue to be transparent around our policies and their enforcement."

In the wake of his permanent suspension from Twitter, Trump launched his own social media platform, titled Truth Social. According to the Truth Social website, the platform brands itself as "America's 'Big Tent,'" which "encourages an open, free, and honest global conversation without discriminating against political ideology."

Following his purchase of Twitter, Musk expressed opposition to censorship on the platform, saying, "I am against censorship that goes far beyond the law."

On Tuesday, Musk also responded to a tweet about Twitter's censorship of a New York Post story discussing Hunter Biden's laptop and allegations that the president's son had business dealings with a Ukrainian energy company.

"Suspending the Twitter account of a major news organization for publishing a truthful story was obviously incredibly inappropriate," Musk wrote.

Despite speculations revolving a possible reinstatement of Trump's Twitter account, the former president recently said that he plans to stay on Truth Social, regardless of Musk's ownership.

"I'm not going on Twitter, I am going to stay on Truth," the former president said during an interview with Fox News this week. "I hope Elon buys Twitter because he'll make improvements to it and he is a good man, but I am going to be staying on Truth."

Newsweek reached out to Twitter, Musk and Trump for comment.