Twitter boss Elon Musk has promised to extend a “general amnesty” to an unknown number of suspended users, a week after overturning former US President Donald Trump’s lifetime ban from the platform.
“The people have spoken. The amnesty starts next week,” Musk tweeted on Thanksgiving Day. He added ” Vox Populi vox dei “, a Latin phrase which means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The CEO of SpaceX and Tesla launched a Twitter poll on Wednesday, asking if Twitter should “offer blanket amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in egregious spamming?” Of the more than 3.1 million users who participated, 72.4% voted ‘yes’ and 27.6% voted ‘no’.
In a separate message, Musk also promised to start releasing and offering to win “a large number of handles” who had been before “consumes” by bots and trolls.
The people have spoken. The amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi vox dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
Since acquiring Twitter for $44 billion last month, Musk has come under mounting criticism for laying off hundreds of employees and reversing permanent suspensions of several notable accounts, including former US President Donald Trump. following a similar public vote.
While critics claimed Musk’s actions were fueling hate speech, harassment and misinformation, he dismissed accusations that he was some kind of “right-wing scarecrow” and insisted that Twitter under his ownership has not banned any leftists, not even for “absolute lies”.
It remains to be seen how many users would be eligible for amnesty. This week, the platform has already reinstated Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, whose personal Twitter account had been permanently banned since early January 2022 for posting. “disinformation” on the Covid-19 pandemic. Musk, however, drew the line at Alex Jones, saying he had “without mercy” for someone who used the death of children to weigh.
Musk had vowed to transform the platform and make it a bastion of free speech, saying it was “important for the future of civilization” to have a digital public square where a wide range of beliefs could be discussed.
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