The billionaire’s announcement came after a Twitter poll voted ‘yes’ to reinstating suspended accounts
The statement from the Twitter CEO follows the results of a poll he published on the platform, asking users to vote on the reinstatement of accounts that “did not break the law or engage in blatant spam”. After the final “yes” vote reached 72%, Musk tweeted: “People have spoken. The amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi vox dei.
It’s the second time in the past week that Musk has used the Latin phrase, which means “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” Last weekend, Musk used a Twitter survey decide whether or not to bring Donald Trump back. After 52% of respondents voted “yes”, it reinstated Trump’s account, which Twitter had suspended for encouraging the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill. So far, Musk has failed to lure the former president on Twitter.
A day after taking over the company in October, Musk initially promised that no banned accounts would be reinstated until he formed a moderation board. However, he backtrack on the pledge after a “large unnamed coalition of political/social activist groups” later “broke the deal”, implying they were to blame.
As Twitter staff continues to dwindle after Musk fired a majority of his company earlier this month and key employees to handle misinformation on Twitter are resigning – including Twitter’s head of trust and safety Yoel Roth – it remains unclear how the company will handle a growing influx of hate speech and harassment.