Musk will relaunch most banned Twitter accounts next week

  • On Thursday, Twitter owner Elon Musk said he would reinstate nearly all banned accounts.
  • The move comes after Musk conducted a Twitter poll that garnered over 3 million votes.
  • Twitter has removed fewer posts related to hate speech this year than in 2021, according to a new report.

Twitter owner Elon Musk has taken another step in dismantling the social media platform’s mechanisms against hate speech.

Thursday, Musk tweeted that it would grant “amnesty” to all suspended Twitter accounts that have not broken the law or “engage in blatant spamming”. The decision was made after Musk conducted a poll on the platform which garnered 3.1 million responses. About 72% of respondents voted in favor of reinstating these accounts, compared to about 28% who voted no.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk said in a tweet, quoting a Latin phrase that means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”

The move comes as Musk continues to loosen the platform’s grip on the app for messages containing hate speech since buying Twitter for $44 billion last month. Last week, Musk relaunched Donald Trump’s account after Twitter permanently suspended it following the Capitol uprising, citing at the time a “risk of incitement to violence.”

On Thursday, European Union regulators released a report that Twitter removed fewer hateful posts compared to a year ago, according to NBC News.

Twitter removed 45.5% of hate speech posts it was notified of, up from 49.8% in 2021, according to a sample analyzed in the EU report – and those numbers are worse than any other platform social media platforms tested, which includes TikTok, Facebook and Youtube.

It’s not just Trump’s narrative that has been revived. Other accounts that have been reinstated since Musk’s ownership include Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, controversial influencer Andrew Tate, who has a reputation for spreading misogynistic and violent comments about women, and Jordan Peterson, a psychologist. whose account was suspended after posting tweets targeting trans people.

Before taking over the social media company, Musk critical the platform for “not adhering to the principles of free speech”. He previously announced his intention to create a “content moderation council”. But it could be difficult for Musk to realize his vision for Twitter after the recent employee exodus. Thousands of employees have left the company in recent weeks after Musk gave his employees an ultimatum to work long, high-intensity hours or quit.


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