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Social networks: Elon Musk restores blocked Twitter accounts

PublishedNovember 24, 2022, 8:43 pm

Social networksElon Musk Recovers Banned Twitter Accounts

The new Twitter boss has issued an amnesty for those excluded from his social network. The poll showed that voters supported him.

Elon Musk fired many employees of the company.

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New Twitter boss Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he would reinstate suspended accounts on the platform next week as long as they didn’t break the law, returning to the hopeful side of his takeover.

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

“The people have spoken, the amnesty begins next week,” Elon Musk tweeted on Thursday, the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday, accompanied by the message “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“Voice of the People, Voice of God”).

“Digital Public Square”

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. 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.

Limitation

The libertarian entrepreneur initially tried to reassure them by reminding them in late October that the rules had not changed (yet) and promising not to make any decisions about reinstating accounts until a “content moderation board” was in place.

But advertisers who promised to keep their costs under the condition that a moderation board was set up this evening “breached the agreement,” he wrote on Tuesday as a justification for the return of accounts evicted from the platform. Several major brands, including Volkswagen, General Motors and General Mills, have announced they will suspend spending on Twitter ads following its acquisition by Elon Musk.

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 should indeed comply with European laws, including the Digital Services Acts (DSA), which should oblige platforms to quickly remove illegal content and combat misinformation.

EU concerned about layoffs

On Thursday in Dublin, the European Commissioner for Justice raised concerns about layoffs on Twitter after being taken over by Elon Musk following press reports that the group’s Brussels office was closing.

“We are concerned about the decision that the company has fewer and fewer people,” EU Justice Commissioner Didier Reynders said in Dublin, where Twitter and other US tech groups have their European headquarters. “When we discuss hate speech, I am sure that we need human resources,” he added after meeting with Twitter representatives.

(AFP)

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