Elon Musk will reinstate most suspended Twitter accounts

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Elon Musk will restore most suspended Twitter accounts

Elon Musk is widely criticized for his impulsive decisions at the head of Twitter.

New Twitter boss Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he would reinstate suspended accounts on the platform as of next week if they did not break the law, thus returning to reassuring remarks when taking control.

When asked in a poll on his account on Wednesday whether Twitter should offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts provided they haven't broken the law or sent outrageous spam, 72.4% of some 3.16 million people said yes.

The people have spoken, amnesty begins next week, Musk tweeted Thursday, holiday in the United States for the feast of Thanksgiving, accompanying its publication of the message Vox Populi, Vox Dei (the voice of the people is the voice of God).

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It was with this same expression that he had, on Saturday, rehabilitated the account of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network after the assault on the Capitol in Washington in January 2021.

The leader of Tesla and SpaceX had made this decision following a similar consultation on the blue bird network, a method of uncertain representativeness. A narrow majority (51.8%) had spoken in favor of a return of the Republican billionaire, who has not tweeted since the restoration of his account.

Elon Musk has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he sees the platform as a digital public square essential to democracy in the world.

The richest man on the planet considers content moderation too restrictive, but his absolutist vision of freedom of expression raises fears of a surge of abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the network social.

Many brands, including Volkswagen, General Motors and General Mills, have already suspended ad spending on Twitter, which is 90% dependent on it for revenue.

The libertarian entrepreneur initially tried to appease them, recalling at the end of October that the rules had not yet changed and promising not to take any decision on the reinstatement of accounts before the creation of the account. a content moderation board.

But advertisers who had promised to maintain their spending on the condition that this moderation board be created broke the agreement, t -he writes on Tuesday as a justification for the return of the accounts ousted from the platform.

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Elon Musk, however, seems to have a limit: he has indicated that he will not restore the account of far-right conspirator Alex Jones, who has been sued for several years by relatives of victims of the mass murder. Sandy Hook School in Connecticut for claiming the massacre was just a staged incident.

Having experienced the death of his first child, Elon Musk explained being merciless to anyone who uses child deaths for (gain) financial, political or fame gain.

Elon Musk is widely criticized for his impulsive decisions at the head of Twitter, from mass layoffs to the chaotic launch of new features.

He brushes off criticism several times a day on his account at 118 millions of people subscribed with memes, emoticons, provocations, personal attacks and pirouettes.

But the billionaire is in danger of being caught up by regulators.

Twitter must indeed respect European laws, including that on Digital Services, which should oblige platforms to quickly remove illegal content and to fight against misinformation.

ARCOM, the French media regulator, had reminded the Californian group of its obligations on Monday and had asked it to confirm by Thursday that it would be able to; to deal with it and to inform him of the short-term development of human and technical resources. hnologies devoted to it.

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