The new owner of Twitter, Elon Musk, has announced this Thursday that from next week it will restore the accounts suspended on the platform“as long as they haven’t broken the law or spammed outrageously.”
After carrying out a consultation through the social network, in which a large majority of the participants -72.4% of the approximately 3.16 million people who voted- spoke in favor of this measure, Musk has announced the decision : «The people spoke. The amnesty begins next week.”
Musk, who bought the social network at the end of October for 44,000 million dollarshad already consulted users to decide if Donald Trump could return to the platform. The former US president was banned from the social network after the assault on the Washington Capitol in January 2021 by his supporters. Trump’s account was reinstated after a narrow majority (51.8%) of the 15 million voters in that Twitter poll voted Saturday in favor of the Republican billionaire’s return to the network.
This use of this consultation mechanism to define guidelines in the social network contradicts a commitment expressed by Musk shortly after the company’s acquisition, when he announced the imminent formation of a “(content) moderation council with widely differing viewpoints.” “No major decisions on content or account reinstatement will be made until this council meets,” he tweeted.
But the richest man on the planet backtracked of this promise after accusing “activists” and “politicians” of seeking to “kill Twitter by drying up (its) advertising revenue”, which represents 90% of the company’s turnover. Several major brands, including Volkswagen, General Motors and General Mills, have announced that they will suspend the investment in advertising on Twitter since its acquisition by Musk.