Elon Musk Says ‘Amnesty’ for Banned Twitter Accounts Underway

Banned Twitter Accounts

New Owner’s Informal Poll Voted

Elon Musk announced on Thursday that numerous suspended Twitter accounts would be reinstated after a resounding majority of users responding to the new owner’s informal poll voted in favour of the change. 

The announcement comes after criticism that Musk’s standards for content filtering are arbitrary, with reinstatements made for some accounts but not others. 

Musk’s Tweet

“The people have had their say. Next Monday, amnesty will start,” Musk tweeted in response to the survey. 

He continued, “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” echoing a Latin proverb that translates as “The voice of the people is the voice of God,” and one he had previously used while discussing prior Twitter surveys. 

72.4 percent of the 3.16 million people who responded to Musk’s poll question on Wednesday agreed that Twitter should permit suspended accounts to re-register as long as they have not breached the law or engaged in “egregious spam,” Musk said. 

US President Donald Trump

The informal “yes/no” poll of Twitter users was of the same design that Musk used to decide in favour of reinstating former US President Donald Trump on the service.”

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Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated on Saturday after the decision was backed by a slim majority of responders. 

Twitter polls are available to all users, unreliable due to fake accounts and bots, and unscientific. 

Musk’s Poll

Even though Musk has 118 million followers on Twitter, many of the 450 million active users each month would not have noticed the poll question. 

A general amnesty for accounts that have been suspended would worry government regulators who have been closely monitoring Musk’s handling of hate speech since since he paid the important platform for $44 billion. 

Restored Accounts

It might also worry tech giants Apple and Google, who have the authority to remove Twitter from their mobile app stores due to content issues. 

Trump’s participation in the mob of his supporters’ attack on the US Capitol on January 6 in an effort to change the outcome of the 2020 election resulted in his expulsion from the platform at the beginning of last year. 

Following the reinstatement of other banned accounts, including a conservative parody website and a psychologist who had broken Twitter’s guidelines about terminology identifying transgender individuals, Musk also reinstated Trump. 

CEO of Tesla and SpaceX

Conspiracy theorist Alex Jones won’t be coming back to Twitter and will continue to be blocked, according to the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX. 

Due to his own experience with the loss of his own child, Musk stated on Sunday that he had “no pity for anyone who would utilise the deaths of children for greed, politics, or fame.” 

Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting

For his false statements regarding the 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, which resulted in the deaths of 26, predominantly children, Jones has been forced to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages. 

Musk, who completed the acquisition of Twitter in late October, was vague about the nature of the bans that will be lifted as a result of the referendum. 

Following a botched relaunch earlier this month that resulted in a proliferation of false accounts and caused embarrassment, the future of content moderation on Twitter has become an urgent worry, with large advertisers staying away from the platform.

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