Musk says Twitter will offer “amnesty” to suspended accounts – TechCrunch

Elon Musk said Thursday that Twitter will grant “a general amnesty” to accounts that have been suspended from the platform starting next week. The CEO posted a poll the day before about whether the platform should restore the affected accounts.

The news comes a week after Musk also ended former President Donald Trump’s ban on the platform after conducting a similar poll. Trump was banned after the January 6, 2021 attack on the US Capitol, but has said he does not intend to return to the platform.

Musk’s user survey included a warning that suspended account holders could rejoin the platform “as long as they haven’t broken the law or committed egregious spam.” Around 3.2 million users responded to the survey, which voted 72.4% in favor of amnesty.

“The people have spoken. The amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, Musk said, Using a Latin phrase meaning “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”

Historically, Twitter has banned accounts that glorify hate and harassment, have the potential to incite violence, or rampantly spread misinformation that can cause harm. Some high-profile people who were banned include MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell after he made a series of claims that Trump actually won the 2020 presidential election; former Trump adviser and former Breitbart CEO Steve Bannon after he said Anthony Fauci and FBI Director Christopher Wray should be beheaded; and Proud Boys founder Gavin McInnes for violating the site’s policy of banning violent extremist groups.

It’s unclear from Musk’s brief tweet how Twitter will deal with content moderation going forward, as more potentially problematic voices return to the platform. These concerns have only been exacerbated by the mass layoffs of Musk and the general exodus of employees who would rather quit than go “staff.”

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