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Twitter to Reinstate Suspended Accounts After User Poll, Musk Says

More than 72% of users voted in favor of reinstating suspended accounts on Twitter.

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Twitter will reinstate suspended accounts from next week after users were polled on the matter, Elon Musk said Thursday.

All users banned for violating the platform’s policies, including posting hate speech or inciting violence could now be brought back to Twitter. Musk said the amnesty would begin next week, provided the accounts “have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”

The
Tesla
(ticker: TSLA) CEO held a poll on the platform earlier this week, asking users whether Twitter should offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts. More than 3 million people voted, with 72% saying yes.

Shortly after he bought the company for $44 billion last month, the billionaire said a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints would be formed. “No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes,” he said at the time.

Musk explained Tuesday that a large coalition of political and social activist groups “agreed not to try to kill Twitter by starving us of advertising revenue” if he agreed to set up a content moderation council. “They broke the deal,” he added.

Twitter suspended more than 70,000 accounts after the Jan.6 Capitol riot in 2021, according to The Wall Street Journal. Donald Trump’s account was reinstated following a similar poll earlier this month but the former President is yet to tweet.

Write to Callum Keown at callum.keown@barrons.com


Credit: marketwatch.com

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