Banned Twitter accounts will be restored next week

New Twitter boss Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he will reinstate suspended accounts on the platform next week as long as they don’t break the law, returning to encouraging remarks during his takeover.

When asked if Twitter should offer a “general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they didn’t break the law or send outrageous spam,”72 4% of the estimated 3.16 million accounts that answered “yes.”

“The people have spoken, the amnesty begins next week,” Musk tweeted on Thursday, the Thanksgiving holiday in the United States, accompanying the release of the message “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people the people is the voice of God”).

It was with the same expression on his face that on Saturday he rehabilitated the account of former US President Donald Trump, who was blocked on the social network after the storming of the Capitol in Washington in January 2021.

The leader of Tesla and SpaceX made this decision after a similar consultation on the Blue Bird network, the method of indeterminate representativeness. A small majority (51.8%) of 15 million voters favored the return of the Republican billionaire who hasn’t tweeted since his account was restored.

Elon Musk has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he sees the platform as a “digital public square” necessary for democracy in the world.

The world’s richest man sees content moderation as too restrictive, but his absolutist vision of free speech raises concerns about a surge in abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the social network.

Many brands have already suspended ad spend on Twitter, which is 90% dependent on Twitter for revenue.

Red line

The libertarian entrepreneur first tried to reassure them by reminding them in late October that the rules were not [encore] changed and promise not to make any decisions about reinstating accounts until a “content moderation board” is in place.

But advertisers who promised to keep costs under the condition that this moderation board was created “violated the agreement,” he wrote on Tuesday as an excuse to return accounts evicted from the platform.

Several major brands, including Volkswagen, General Motors and General Mills, have announced they are suspending ad spending on Twitter following its acquisition by Mr. Musk.

However, Elon Musk seems to have a limit: he indicated that he would not restore the account of the American far-right conspirator Alex Jones, against whom the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton have been suing for several years. Connecticut) for falsely claiming that the massacre was merely a staging of weapons by opponents.

After surviving the death of his first child, he explained that he was “ruthless to anyone who takes advantage of the death of children for [engranger des] financial, political or reputational gain.”

In the field of view of regulators

Elon Musk has been widely criticized for his impulsive decisions at the helm of Twitter, from massive layoffs to chaotic new feature launches.

He brushes aside criticism several times a day on his 118 million followers account with memes (parody images), emoticons, provocations, personal attacks and pirouettes.

But the billionaire risks being overtaken by regulators.

Twitter really needs to comply with European laws, including the Digital Services Act (DSA), which should oblige platforms to quickly remove illegal content and fight disinformation.

Arcom, the French media cop, on Monday reminded the California group of its “commitment” and asked it to “confirm” by Thursday that it is “capable” of handling it and “keep it informed of short-term developments.” human and technological resources”.

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