Musk announces ‘amnesty’ for banned Twitter accounts after vote

Elon Musk said Thursday that Twitter will grant a “general amnesty” to suspended accounts starting next week after holding a vote on whether to do so for users who had not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.

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In a poll Musk posted on Twitter on Wednesday, 72.4% of the more than 3.16 million users who participated voted to bring back those who had been suspended from the social media platform.

“The people have spoken,” Musk, who acquired Twitter last month, tweeted on Thursday. “Amnesty begins next week.”

Last week, Musk, the world’s richest person, reinstated some 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 council “with widely differing views.” Musk said no major content decisions or account reintroductions would take place before the council met.

Change and chaos have characterized the billionaire’s first weeks as Twitter’s owner. He has fired top executives, including former CEO Parag Agarwal, and it was announced that senior officials responsible for security and privacy had quit.

Those departures drew scrutiny from the US Federal Trade Commission, whose mandate includes protecting consumers and which said it viewed Twitter with “deep concern.”

Earlier 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 United States.


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