Elon Musk returned to encouraging words during his takeover. On Thursday, he announced that he would reinstate suspended accounts on the platform next week, as long as they didn’t break the law.
This decision was made following a survey posted on the platform. “Should Twitter offer a full amnesty to banned accounts as long as they don’t break the law and send outrageous spam? Yes/No,” he asked on Wednesday. 72.4% of the approximately 3.16 million voters said yes.
“People have spoken, amnesty begins next week,” Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday, the U.S. Thanksgiving public holiday, with the message “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people is the voice of God”).
The people spoke.
The amnesty will begin next week.
Vox Populi vox dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
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. This decision was made by the leader of Tesla and SpaceX. after a similar consultation on the bluebird network, method of undetermined 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.
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Alex Jones will not be reinstated
On Friday, he had already released the comedian impersonating him, the American satirical website Babylon Bee and conservative media personality Jordan Peterson. The latter two were suspended in March and August respectively for violating hate speech policies, both of which made fun of transgender people.
However, Elon Musk seems to have a limit: he has made it clear that he will no longer allow far-right American conspirator Alex Jones, who has been sued by the parents of the victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, for several years. ., for the fact that the massacre was just a staging of opponents of weapons. After surviving the death of his first child, he explained that he was “merciless towards anyone who takes advantage of the death of children for (acquisition of) financial, political or glorious gain.”
The world’s richest man has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he sees the platform as a “digital public square” essential to the world’s democracy. He sees content moderation as too restrictive, but his absolutist vision of free speech raises concerns about the surge in abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the social network.
Many brands have already suspended ad spending on Twitter, which is 90% dependent on Twitter for revenue. The libertarian entrepreneur initially tried to reassure them by reminding them that the rules had not (yet) changed and promising not to make any decisions about reinstating accounts until a “content moderation board” was set up.
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“A broad coalition of social and political activists have agreed not to try to kill Twitter by depriving us of ad revenue on this condition,” he wrote on Tuesday. But “they broke the agreement,” he added, as an excuse for the return of several individuals who had been expelled from the platform.
What about 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.
The Tesla and SpaceX boss is also in danger of being overtaken by regulators. Twitter does need to comply with European laws, including the Digital Services Acts (DSA), which require platforms to quickly remove illegal content and, in particular, fight disinformation.
Arcom, the French media cop, reminded the California group of its “commitment” on Monday 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 dedicated to this.
The quirky entrepreneur is encouraged in his arbitrary methods by his army of admirers. But even some of his fans seem tired. “Elon Musk, I am a grateful customer of Starlink (Internet Service Provider and subsidiary of SpaceX). I had a Tesla. I love SpaceX. Twitter is different. (…) It is your politics, your agenda and your opinion that are the problem and destroy trust,” tweeted John Phillips, lawyer and authorized netizen. “Truth in time creates trust. Nothing else,” the boss replied.