Former US President Donald Trump on Monday ruled out returning to Twitter, from which he was banned in January 2021, despite billionaire Elon Musk's takeover of the social network announced the same day.

"I'm not going to Twitter, I'm staying on TRUTH," he told US channel Fox News in reference to the Truth Social platform, which he launched in February and touted as an alternative to Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

"I hope Elon will buy Twitter because he will make improvements and he's a good guy, but I'm sticking with Truth," he repeated, explaining that "Twitter has bots and fake accounts."

Account deleted since January 2021

Twitter had deleted Trump's account on January 8, 2021, followed by nearly 89 million subscribers to whom he spoke daily, believing that there was a risk of incitement to violence.

Two days earlier, thousands of supporters of the Republican billionaire had violently attacked the Capitol in Washington to prevent elected officials from certifying the victory of Democrat Joe Biden in the presidential election.

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