The billionaire’s announcement comes after he published a poll on his own Twitter account asking people to vote on the reinstatement of accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam”.
There, 72 percent voted yes.
– The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox populi, Vox dei, Musk tweeted with a Latin phrase that translates to “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”
Musk used the same Latin phrase last weekend when he published a similar survey. It was about allowing former US President Donald Trump to return to the platform, which he got after 51.8 percent voted yes.
Online polls like the one Musk used are not scientific and can be easily influenced by fake accounts and 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.
Concerned about hate speech
Several authorities are concerned about what it will mean if Musk actually introduces such a general “amnesty” for suspended Twitter users. Critics believe it could lead to increased hate speech on the platform.
The closure of Twitter’s office in Brussels this week has sparked concerns in the European Union about whether the social platform will be able to comply with the Union’s strict rules on online content.
– We are concerned about the decision to have fewer and fewer people working in the company, EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders told reporters in Dublin, where Twitter and other American technology companies have their European headquarters.
– When it comes to hate speech, I am sure we need human resources, he added.
Can scare Google and Apple
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.
There are also concerns that tech giants Apple and Google could be intimidated into banning Twitter from their mobile app stores over content issues.
Musk has fired a number of Twitter employees since he took over the influential platform in October for a price tag of $44 billion.