New Delhi: Twitter owner Elon Musk announces 'amnesty' for banned Twitter accounts after vote. The announcement comes as Musk faces pushback that his criteria for content moderation is subject to his personal whim, with reinstatements decided for certain accounts and not others.
New Delhi: Twitter owner Elon Musk announces ‘amnesty’ for banned Twitter accounts after vote. The announcement comes as Musk faces pushback that his criteria for content moderation is subject to his personal whim, with reinstatements decided for certain accounts and not others.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week,” Musk tweeted, responding to the poll. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” he wrote on the micro-blogging site, repeating a Latin adage that means “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
The people have spoken.
Amnesty begins next week.
Vox Populi, Vox Dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
Earlier On Wednesday, Twitter new boss posted a poll question on Twitter pertaining to the subject, and 72.4 per cent of users voted in favour of granting the amnesty while 27.6 per cent went against it. In one of the latest tweets, Musk acknowledged the results and said, “the people have spoken”. Of 3.16 million respondents to Musk’s Wednesday poll question. It was the same type of “yes/no” informal poll of Twitter users that Musk devised to decide in favor of reinstating former president Donald Trump on the platform.
Trump’s Twitter account was reinstated Saturday after a narrow majority of respondents supported the move. Trump was banned from Twitter early last year for his alleged role in the January 6 US Capitol attack by a mob of his supporters seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Besides Trump, satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin were reinstated on Twitter. Musk, however, has said that conspiracy theorist Alex Jones will not make a return to Twitter and will remain banned. On Sunday, the Tesla CEO and SpaceX owner said he had “no mercy” for those who would use “deaths of children for gain, politics or fame” owing to his own experience with the demise of his first child.