Elon Musk says Twitter will offer 'amnesty' to suspended accounts




  • In Business
  • 2022-11-25 03:15:30Z
  • By BBC
Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum
Elon Musk attends Heidi Klum's 2022 Halloween party.  

Elon Musk says Twitter will provide a "general amnesty" to some suspended accounts from next week.

This came after he started a poll on Wednesday asking Twitter users whether accounts that had "not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam" should be let back on the social media platform.

Several accounts, such as that of former US President Donald Trump, have already been reinstated by Mr Musk.

The world's richest man bought Twitter for $44bn (£36.3bn) last month.

  • Why Trump isn't returning to Twitter (for now)

  • Work long hours or leave, Musk tells Twitter staff

More than 3.1m Twitter users responded to Mr Musk's poll, with 72.4% of them voting "Yes".

"The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week," Mr Musk, who has 118.7m followers on the platform, later tweeted.

He also used a Latin phrase which translates to "the voice of the people is the voice of God".

Mr Musk did not give details on how the amnesty process would be carried out.

On Saturday, he reinstated the account of Donald Trump, after running a poll in which users narrowly backed the move.

But the former US president may not return to the platform, as he said "I don't see any reason for it".

He has announced plans to run again for the US presidency in 2024.

His Twitter account was suspended in 2021 on grounds that it risked inciting violence, after Trump supporters had stormed the US Capitol.

Mr Musk has also reactivated the Twitter accounts of rapper Ye (formerly Kanye West) and influencer Andrew Tate.

However, the multi-billionaire said conspiracy theorist Alex Jones would not be allowed to return to Twitter.

Infowars host Jones has been forced to pay $1.44bn in damages after falsely and repeatedly claiming that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in the US, in which 20 children and six adults were killed, was a hoax.

Mr Musk wrote that his own child had died, and that he "had no mercy" for anyone who "would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame".

Previously he said no decision about banned accounts would be made until a moderation board had been appointed.

Mr Musk completed his $44bn purchase of Twitter on 28 October after months of wrangling.

He has since laid off half of the firm's 7,500-strong workforce, and hundreds more staff are believed to have left, following an email saying that long hours and "hardcore" work would be required of those who remained.

You may also be interested in:

COMMENTS

More Related News

White House Still Trying To Reunite 1,000 Kids Separated Under Trump
White House Still Trying To Reunite 1,000 Kids Separated Under Trump's Border Policy

The Biden administration has reunited more than 600 migrant children with their families.

Sushi conveyor belt pranks spark outrage in Japan
Sushi conveyor belt pranks spark outrage in Japan

A handful of unhygienic pranks at sushi conveyor belt restaurants in Japan have sparked stock slumps, venue overhauls and legal action, along with furious...

Markets: Bitcoin dips to US$23,500, Ether inches up, other top 10 crypto mixed
Markets: Bitcoin dips to US$23,500, Ether inches up, other top 10 crypto mixed

Bitcoin and Ether traded mostly little changed Friday morning after a strong run up in the week, with other top 10 cryptocurrencies prices mixed.

Arkansas Gov. Sanders to give GOP response to Biden address
Arkansas Gov. Sanders to give GOP response to Biden address

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders will deliver the Republican address to the nation in response to President Joe Biden's State of the Union speech next...

Hunter Biden lawyers urge probes of Trump allies, demand Tucker Carlson retract reporting
Hunter Biden lawyers urge probes of Trump allies, demand Tucker Carlson retract reporting

Hunter Biden's attorneys' want investigations into Trump allies, including Rudy Giuliani. They also demanded Tucker Carlson retract reporting.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply

Comments

Top News: Business