The announcement came as Musk faced criticism that his content moderation criteria depended on his personal whim, and the reinstatement decision was made for some accounts and not others.
Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, as long as they didn’t break the law or engage in egregious spam?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1669225589000
“People have spoken. Amnesty will begin next week,” Musk tweeted in response to a poll.
“Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” he added, echoing the Latin proverb for “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” which he used when referring to other Twitter polls.
The people have spoken, amnesty begins next week, Vox Populi, Vox Dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) 1669319919000
Of the 3.16 million respondents to Musk’s poll on Wednesday, 72.4 percent said Twitter should allow banned accounts to return to Twitter as long as they don’t break laws or engage in “egregious spam,” Musk tweeted. .
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Trump’s Twitter account was restored on Saturday after a narrow majority of respondents supported the move.
However, Trump said he was not interested in returning to Twitter. Early last year, Trump was banned from the platform for his role in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol by mobs of his supporters seeking to overturn the 2020 election results.
A blanket amnesty for suspended accounts could potentially alarm government agencies that have been keeping a close eye on Musk’s handling of hate speech since he bought the $44 billion influencer platform.
Musk, who completed the Twitter purchase in late October, did not specify whether the bans, which are due to be lifted in a poll, were permanent or temporary.
The future of content moderation on Twitter has become a pressing issue as big advertisers have stayed away from the site since a failed relaunch earlier this month that saw a slew of fake accounts causing embarrassment.
Meanwhile, the teams responsible for preventing nefarious off-site activity have been gutted, victims of Musk-initiated layoffs that have left half of the company’s employees.
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