Elon Musk announces “amnesty” for suspended Twitter accounts

The billionaire’s announcement comes after he published a poll on Twitter asking people to vote on the reinstatement of accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam”.

The vote ended with a clear majority in favor of 72 percent.

– The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox populi, Vox dei, Musk tweeted.

Vox populi, Vox dei is Latin and can be translated as “the voice of the people, the voice of God”.

Trump gets to come back

The poll, published Thursday, mimicked the strategy used Saturday when Musk asked whether former US President Donald Trump should be allowed back on Twitter.

A narrow majority of 51.8 percent voted in favor.

Trump was banned from the platform in early 2021 due to his role in the storming of Congress on February 6, 2020.

Online polls like the one Musk used are not scientific and can easily be influenced by bots, according to the AP.

In addition, it is likely that many of Musk’s 118 million followers and Twitter’s 450 million active monthly users did not see the poll question.

Authorities follow suit

A general decision to open the platform to suspended accounts could potentially alarm authorities who are monitoring Musk’s handling of hate speech, writes Yahoo News.

However, the Tesla boss has said that conspiracy theorist and radio host Alex Jones, known for the Alex Jones Show, will not return to Twitter and will remain banned from the platform.

– I am not kind to people who are willing to use the death of children for profit, politics and fame, Musk said.

Jones has been ordered to pay hundreds of millions of dollars in damages after the lies he spread about the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in 2012 in which 26 people were killed.

Can scare tech giants

The two people in charge of Twitter’s policy for digital publishing in Europe left the company last week as the last two, five people with knowledge of the matter told the Financial Times.

The website also speculates whether this could scare the tech giants Apple and Google into shutting Twitter out of their mobile app stores.

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