Elon Musk Says He Will Widely Restore Previously Banned Twitter Accounts

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Elon Musk said on Thursday that he will begin reinstating most formerly banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, in his widest move to rescind the social media platform’s policy. social media about permanently suspending users who repeatedly violate its rules.

“People have spoken,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “The amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”

The announcement came after Musk on Wednesday poll his followers on whether to offer “a general amnesty for suspended accounts, provided they don’t break the law or engage in serious spam.”

The poll ended around 12:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, ending with 72.4% voting in favor of the proposal and 27.6% voting against. The poll garnered more than 3 million votes on Twitter.

It is not yet clear how Musk and his team at Twitter will classify which accounts have been banned for illegal content or spam from other violations, nor the total number of accounts that will be reinstated.

Musk announced last week that he will restore Donald Trump’s account after another poll he posted on the platform ended up leaning slightly towards returning the former President to the platform, who was banned following the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. musk has also recovered the account of several controversial, previously banned or suspended users, including conservative Canadian podcaster Jordan Peterson, right-wing satirical website Babylon Bee, comedian Kathy Griffin and Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Immediately after acquiring Twitter, Musk said he would create a “content moderation committee” with “broadly diverse views” and that no major decisions on content will be made until it is made. There is no evidence that such a group was formed or involved in Musk’s decisions to restructure the platform. Instead, after Musk restored Trump’s account, he tweeted “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Before Musk took over, Twitter often impose “strike” corresponds to an escalation period suspension when users repeatedly violate rules against Covid-19 or misinformation about civic integrity, giving users up to nine opportunities before they are booted off the platform. The platform also has other enforcement mechanisms — such as labeling a tweet or reducing its reach — for additional rules including rules prohibiting terrorism, threats of violence against individuals, and others. individuals or groups, intentional abuse or harassment, publishing other people’s personal information, and content that promotes abuse or self-harm.

Musk has previously said that he disagrees with Twitter’s policy of permanent bans.

“Twitter’s new policy is freedom of speech, not freedom of access,” Musk said in a tweet last week, reiterating an approach that has become an industry standard. “Negative/hate tweets will be minimized and monetization disabled, so there is no advertising or other revenue for Twitter.”

The decision to reinstate countless previously banned accounts may more alienated Twitter’s advertisers, many of whom have left the platform following the turmoil since Musk’s takeover and fear that their ads could run alongside objectionable content. Musk said the departure of key advertisers on Twitter in recent weeks has resulted in a “major drop in revenue” for the company.


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