- Musk lifted the Twitter ban on Trump and others without consulting the Content Moderation Council.
- He said the council had a deal with “activist groups” who tried to “kill Twitter,” but they broke the deal.
- Musk allowed Trump to return to Twitter based on the results of a poll, but Trump hasn’t tweeted since.
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Elon Musk is claim that that it backed out of its plan to form a “Content Moderation Council” and consult before reinstating banned Twitter accounts because “a grand coalition of political/social activist groups… broke the deal.”
According to Musk’s tweetThese groups threatened to “kill Twitter” by “starving our ad revenue.”
But Musk reinstated former President Donald Trump’s Twitter account on Saturday after conducting a Twitter poll asking if he should do so after consulting some kind of council. More than 15 million votes were cast in the poll, and 51.8% of respondents voted yes
In response to a tweet from Musk calling the planned formation of a council “entirely hypothetical,” he claimed that the content moderation board was the state of a now-broken deal with activist groups.
—Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
After Trump’s account was reinstated, NAACP President Derrick Johnson quoted Musk’s announcement saying, “You are failing our democracy,” adding that the poll was “garbage” and “means nothing.” Also not.”
—Derrick Johnson (@DerrickNAACP) November 20, 2022
Johnson is gone to tweet this “Any advertiser still funding Twitter should stop all advertising immediately.”
After acquiring Twitter in its $44 billion deal, Musk announced platform would create a content moderation board “with widely differing views”.
“No major material decisions will be made or bills restored until the board meets,” Musk said.
Last Friday, before reinstating Trump’s account, Musk tweeted that he had lifted the ban on comedian Kathy Griffin, Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson, and satirical right-wing website The Babylon Bee. But “the decision is not yet made” about Trump.
The next day, hours before Trump’s account was reinstated, the former president told the Republican Jewish Coalition on video in Las Vegas that his social media platform Truth Social was “doing really well” and would stay there. Trump has yet to tweet from his recovered account.
Media Matters, citing “instant reach, controversy, and warnings from media buyers,” estimated that half of the platform’s top 100 advertisers have removed ads since Musk’s acquisition of Twitter.