A few days after the return of Donald Trump’s account, the whimsical entrepreneur again polled users of the social network on the advisability of reactivating closed accounts, since they would not have violated the regulations.
Elon Musk launched a new poll on Nov. 23 on reinstating suspended Twitter accounts, after a previous direct consultation on the platform led him to welcome back former US President Donald Trump.
“Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, as long as they haven’t broken the law or sent spam in an outrageous way?”, he asked users of the social network. Nearly 2.5 million accounts had already voted on November 24, largely in favor of the “yes”.
Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
The new owner and CEO of Twitter already rehabilitated on November 19 the account of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network after the events on Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2021. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated,” he tweeted after 15 million accounts responded to this poll, including 51.8% in favor of “yes”.
Gain people’s trust
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he considers the platform to be the “digital public square” essential to democracy in the world. He believes that the moderation of content practiced until his arrival was too restrictive, harming freedom of expression.
Arcom expresses its “deep concern”
This vision makes some, particularly on the side of the European Union, fear abuses in terms of disinformation or expression of hateful remarks on the social network. The French regulator of audiovisual and digital communication, Arcom, thus expressed on November 22 its “deep concern” about the “ability of Twitter to maintain a safe environment for users of its service” in an official letter addressed to the management of the social network.
Brands have already suspended advertising spending, on which Twitter depends 90% for its revenue. The entrepreneur initially tried to appease them, promising in particular not to make any decision on the reinstatement of banned accounts before the creation of a “content moderation council with very diverse points of view”.
“A broad coalition of social and political activists agreed not to try to kill Twitter by drying up our ad revenue on this condition,” he tweeted on November 22. But these would then have “broken the agreement”, he explained about this reinstatement of the accounts of several personalities ousted from the platform for having broken its rules.
The management of Elon Musk since his takeover of the social network has aroused controversy, whether it is the massive layoffs decided upon his arrival, the chaotic launch of new features or his way of expressing himself. via his account to 118 million subscribers, with great support from memes (parodic images and diversions), emoticons, provocations and sometimes personal attacks.
“Over time, as we make our way to the truth, Twitter will gain people’s trust,” the boss of Tesla and Space X assured on November 23.