Twitter overlord Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he would allow more suspended accounts on the site following the results of a poll he released the day before Thanksgiving, saying it was the will of Twitter users. platform.
Musk made his decree alongside a Latin phrase roughly translating to: “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
The “amnesty” will begin next week. Musk said that would only apply to accounts that haven’t broken any laws or “engaged in egregious spamming.”
Precisely which accounts will be reinstated is unclear. But if the recent past is any guide, much of it may be right-wing voices. Musk has brought back a number of right-wing users over the past week, including misogynistic media personality Jordan Peterson and misogynistic YouTuber Andrew Tate.
Misogynist former President Donald Trump was given the green light to tweet last weekend in a move that was also preceded by a Twitter poll. Trump, however, has yet to post any new tweets since being kicked off Twitter following the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack.
Musk now seems to have completely denied his Commitment of October 28 to convene a “content moderation board with widely diverse viewpoints” before making “major decisions about content or reinstating an account.”
Confronted with proof of that engagement in the form of a screenshot earlier this week, Musk claimed he was foiled by his haters.
“A grand coalition of political/social activist groups agreed not to try to kill Twitter by depriving us of ad revenue if I agreed to this condition. They broke the agreement,” Musk said Tuesday, without providing details. proofs.
Footage of a video call posted by TMZ on Wednesday showed Musk describing the Twitter board as more of an “advisory” group.
“Ultimately, it will be me who decides…I don’t need to listen to what they say,” he said.
Musk seems to be pulling away reviewers who say it’s gotten way too comfy with Twitter’s most prominent voices on the right fringe, even as advertisers ― who provide the bulk of Twitter’s revenue ― seem skittish.
According to the Washington Post, more than a third of Twitter’s top 100 marketers haven’t posted any ads on the site in the past two weeks, coinciding with Musk’s gutting of Twitter’s payroll.
Musk, the world’s richest person, completed his $44 billion purchase of Twitter on October 27.
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