Elon Musk has announced that he is granting “amnesty” to Twitter users who were previously suspended from the social network.
The new Twitter owner asked users through a poll whether suspended accounts should be reinstated, as long as they hadn’t broken any laws or posted spam.
When the poll closed on Thursday, users voted en masse in favor of the proposal.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted Thursday night. The Latin phrase translates to: “The voice of the people, the voice of God.”
Concern about unbanned accounts
Online security experts have previously warned that Twitter could see an increase in hate speech, abuse and misinformation under Musk’s new policies.
Musk has already recovered the accounts of former US President Donald Trump, self-described “politically incorrect” psychologist Jordan Peterson and far-right US Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene, who has been accused of conspiracy theories and misinformation about COVID-19.
Trump hasn’t tweeted in the five days since he was undone.
Meanwhile, Musk has fired many of the global employees and contractors responsible for taking down accounts that incite hatred or promote misinformation.
EU examines job losses
Twitter’s decision to close its Brussels office as part of the layoff of thousands of employees has caused concern in the European Union.
Didier Reynders, the EU’s chief justice officer, said on Thursday that cutting the company’s workforce could affect its ability to remove illegal content online. He met with Twitter representatives in Dublin.
“Twitter representatives confirmed the company’s commitment to ensure full compliance with EU rules,” an anonymous official told Reuters news agency.
“Commissioner Reynders took note of this and asked Twitter to translate this commitment into concrete measures.”
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