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Elon Musk Says He Will Widely Restore Previously Banned Twitter Accounts



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Elon Musk said Thursday that he will begin restoring most previously banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, in his most far-reaching move yet to undo the social media platform’s policy of permanently banning users. who repeatedly violated their rules.

“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted Thursday. “The amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei”.

The announcement comes after Musk on Wednesday. probed his supporters on whether to offer “general amnesty to suspended accounts, as long as they haven’t broken the law or committed egregious spam.”

The poll, which closed around 12:45 p.m. ET on Thursday, ended 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’s not immediately clear how Musk and his team at Twitter will rank which accounts were banned for illegal content or spam versus other violations, nor how many total accounts will be restored.

Musk announced last week that he would restore Donald Trump’s account after another poll he posted on the platform ended slightly in favor of returning the former president, who had been banned after the January 6, 2021 attack on Capitol Hill, to the platform. . Musk has also restored the accounts of several other controversial users, previously banned or suspended, including Canadian conservative podcaster Jordan Peterson, right-wing satire website Babylon Bee, comedian Kathy Griffin and representative Marjorie Taylor Greene.

Shortly after acquiring Twitter, Musk said he would create a “content moderation council” with “highly diverse viewpoints” and no major content decisions would be made until he was in place. There is no evidence that such a group formed or was involved in Musk’s platform switch decisions. 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 the Musk acquisition, Twitter used to impose “strikes” corresponding to suspensions for increasing periods of time when users repeatedly violated its rules against Covid-19 or civic integrity misinformation, giving them up to nine opportunities before they were banned from the platform. The platform also had other enforcement mechanisms, such as labeling a tweet or reducing its scope, for its additional rules, including those prohibiting terrorism, threats of violence against individuals or groups of individuals, targeted abuse or harassment, posting of another person’s private information and content. promote abuse or self-harm.

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

“Twitter’s new policy is free speech, not free reach,” Musk said in a tweet last week, echoing an approach that is something of an industry standard. “Negative/hate tweets will be minimized and demonetized, so there will be no ads or other revenue for Twitter.”

The decision to restore countless previously banned accounts could further alienate advertisers from Twitter, many of whom have fled the platform in the aftermath of the chaos since Musk took over and fearing their ads would end up running alongside objectionable content. . Musk has said the departure of key advertisers from Twitter in recent weeks has caused a “massive drop in revenue” for the company.


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