Elon Musk said on Thursday that Twitter will grant a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts starting next week, after conducting a poll on whether to do so for users who have not broken the law or engaged in gross spam. In a poll Musk posted on Twitter Wednesday, 72.4 percent of more than 3.16 million users voted to bring back those who had been suspended by the social media platform.
“The people have spoken,” tweeted Musk, who took over Twitter last month. “Amnesty starts next week.”
Last week, Musk, the world’s richest person, reinstated a number of previously suspended accounts, including former US President Donald Trump, satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.
He tweeted in October that Twitter would form a content moderation board “with widely differing views.” Musk said no major content decisions or account recovery would take place before the council meets.
Change and chaos marked the billionaire’s first few weeks as owner of Twitter. He has fired top executives, including former Chief Executive Parag Agarwal, and it was announced that senior officials responsible for security and privacy had stepped down.
Those resignations were scrutinized by the US Federal Trade Commission, whose mandate includes protecting consumers and said it is watching Twitter with “deep concern”.
On Thursday, Musk tweeted that Twitter users could notice small, sometimes large, improvements in the platform’s speed, which would be significant in countries far away from the US.
Earlier this week, Reuters reported that a coalition of civil rights activists urged Twitter’s advertisers to issue statements about removing their ads from the social media platform after owner Elon Musk overturned former US President Donald Trump’s ban on tweets. cancelled.
Last week, Donald Trump said he had no interest in returning to Twitter, even though a slim majority voted to reinstate the former US president, who had been banned from the social media service for inciting violence, in a poll organized by the United States. new owner Elon Muskus.
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