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Elon Musk to provide ‘amnesty’ to some suspended Twitter accounts

Musk tweeted that ‘amnesty’ for suspended Twitter accounts would begin next week (Picture: Avishek Das/SOPA Images/Shutterstock)

Elon Musk is making important decisions about Twitter based on polls again.

On Wednesday, Musk asked people if Twitter should offer ‘general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam’.

72.4% of the more than 3.16 million users who took part voted in favour of bringing back those who had been suspended by 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.

In October, Musk tweeted that Twitter would form a content moderation council ‘with widely diverse viewpoints’. He said no major content decisions or account reinstatements would happen before the council convened.

Change and chaos have marked the billionaire’s first few weeks as Twitter’s owner. He has fired top managers, including former Chief Executive Parag Agarwal, and it was announced that senior officials in charge of security and privacy had quit.

Those resignations drew scrutiny from the US Federal Trade Commission, whose mandate includes protecting consumers and which said it was watching Twitter with ‘deep concern’.

Earlier Thursday, Musk tweeted that Twitter users might notice small, sometimes major improvements in the platform’s speed, which would be significant in countries far away from the United States.


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