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Elon Musk runs new poll asking if he should bring suspended accounts back to Twitter

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Elon Musk has put another important Twitter decision to the platform’s 250 million regular users after seemingly mothballing his earlier plans for a content moderation council.

Musk posted a poll on Wednesday asking whether the platform should offer “a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” 

At the time of writing, 72% of the almost 3 million voters have said yes. 

Just last week, Musk adopted the same decision-making process when considering if he should reinstate former president Donald Trump’s account. After 15 million people had voted, “yes” won by a small margin and Trump was given back access, although he has so far declined to make a comeback on the platform. 

The move prompted civil rights leaders to urge major advertisers to stay away from the platform, saying that Musk broke promises he made to them earlier this month in a closed-door meeting about hate speech and misinformation.

The new Twitter CEO originally claimed that he would create a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints.” He even said that “No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”

However, no such council has been convened, and Musk has already brought back the accounts of other controversial figures including Kanye West, who was suspended following antisemitic hate speech, right wing Majorie Taylor Greene, Jordan Peterson and Andrew Tate. (None of these required a poll.) 

While the billionaire has claimed his sweeping changes are part of his dedication to free speech—he is a self-described “free speech absolutist”—the one account he’s said he won’t allow back on Twitter is that of conspiracy theorist Alex…

Alice Hearing

2022-11-24 07:15:08

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