Elon Musk said on Thursday Twitter will grant a “general amnesty” to accounts that have been suspended from the platform starting next week. The CEO posted a poll a day earlier on whether the platform should reinstate the affected accounts.
News arrived within a week of Musk also ended the ban of former president Donald Trump from the platform after running a similar poll. Trump is banned after the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, but speak he has no intention of returning to the platform.
Musk’s poll of users included a warning that suspended account holders can rejoin the platform “as long as they’re not breaking the law or engaging in serious spam.” About 3.2 million users responded to the poll, of which 72.4% supported the amnesty.
“People have spoken out. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk speak, uses a Latin phrase that means “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Historically, Twitter has banned accounts that glorify hate and harassment, have the potential to incite violence, or spread misinformation that could lead to harm. Several prominent individuals have been banned including MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell after he made a series of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election; former Trump adviser and former Breitbart executive chairman Steve Bannon after he said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded; and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for violating the site’s policy on banning violent extremist groups.
From Musk’s brief tweet, it remains unclear how Twitter will handle content moderation in the future, now that many potentially problematic voices will return to the platform. These concerns are only exacerbated by Musk mass layoffs and the general exodus of employees who want to leaveIt is better to give up than to be “difficult”.