Elon Musk mentioned Thursday Twitter will grant “a normal amnesty” to accounts that had been suspended from the platform starting subsequent week. The CEO posted a ballot the day earlier over whether or not the platform ought to restore affected accounts.
The information comes inside every week of Musk additionally ending former president Donald Trump’s ban from the platform after operating an identical ballot. Trump was banned after the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol, however mentioned he doesn’t intend to return to the platform.
Musk’s ballot to customers included a caveat that suspended account holders may rejoin the platform “offered they haven’t damaged the regulation or engaged in egregious spam.” Round 3.2 million customers responded to the ballot, which voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.
“The individuals have spoken. Amnesty begins subsequent week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk mentioned, utilizing a Latin phrase meaning “The voice of the individuals is the voice of god.”
Traditionally, Twitter has banned accounts that glorify hate and harassment, have the potential to incite violence or rampantly unfold misinformation that may result in hurt. Some excessive profile people who have been banned embody MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell after he made a collection of claims that Trump really received the 2020 presidential election; former Trump advisor and former govt chairman of Breitbart Steve Bannon after he mentioned Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray ought to be beheaded; and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for violating the location’s coverage of prohibiting violent extremist teams.
It’s unclear from Musk’s temporary tweet how Twitter will cope with content material moderation sooner or later, now that extra doubtlessly problematic voices might be returning to the platform. These issues have solely been exacerbated by Musk’s mass layoffs and the final exodus of workers who’d quite give up than be “hardcore.”