Elon Musk says he will begin restoring previously banned Twitter accounts next week


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Elon Musk said Thursday he would begin reinstating the first banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, in his most sweeping move yet to upend the social media platform’s policy of permanently suspending users who break the rules. to put.

“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “Amnesty starts next week. Vox populi, vox Dei.

The announcement comes Wednesday after Musk interrogated His followers “offered a blanket amnesty for accounts suspended or not, provided they are not breaking the law or engaging in gross spam.”

The poll, which closed around 12:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, ended with 72.4% voting for the proposal and 27.6% against. The poll received more than 3 million votes on Twitter.

It’s not immediately clear how Musk and his team at Twitter will resolve which accounts have been banned for illegal or spammy content versus other violations, nor how many accounts will be reinstated in total.

Musk announced last week that he would reinstate Donald Trump’s account after another poll he posted on the platform ended slightly in favor of the return of the former president, who will be sworn in at the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The platform was banned from the attack afterwards. , Musk also reinstated the accounts of several other controversial previously banned or suspended users, including conservative Canadian podcaster Jordan Peterson, right-wing satire website Babylon Bee, comedian Kathy Griffin, and Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Shortly after acquiring Twitter, Musk said he would form a “Content Moderation Council” with a “broadly diverse point of view” and no major content decisions would be made until it was in place. There is no evidence that such a group formed or was involved in Musk’s replication decisions. Instead, after Musk reinstated Trump’s account, Musk tweeted “Vox populi, vox Dei,” Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

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Prior to Musk’s acquisition, Twitter typically imposed “strikes,” equivalent to extended suspensions, when users repeatedly violated rules against COVID-19 or misinformation about citizen integrity. Used to give users nine chances before booting from the platform. The platform also had other enforcement mechanisms – such as labeling a tweet or narrowing its reach – in addition to rules prohibiting terrorism, threats of violence against individuals or groups of people, targeted abuse or harassment, publishing other people’s personal information and content . Incitement to abuse or self-harm.

Musk previously said he disagreed with Twitter’s policy of permanent bans.

“The new Twitter policy is freedom of speech, not freedom of access,” Musk said in a tweet last week, following an industry-standard approach. “At most, negative/hate tweets are deboosted and demonetized, so Twitter doesn’t generate any ads or other revenue.”

The decision to reinstate numerous previously banned accounts could further alienate Twitter’s advertisers, many of whom have fled the platform since Musk took over for fear their ads could be shown with offensive content. Musk has said the departure of major Twitter advertisers in recent weeks has resulted in a “huge drop in revenue” for the company.




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