Twitter Overlord Elon Musk announced Thursday that it will allow more suspended accounts back on the site following the results of a poll it posted the day before Thanksgiving, claiming that it was the will of the platform’s users.
Musk issued his decree along with a Latin phrase that roughly translates to: “The voice of the people is the voice of God.”
“Amnesty” will start next week. Musk said it would only apply to accounts that didn’t break laws or “engage in egregious spam.”
It is not clear which accounts will be restored. But if the recent past is any guide, it may largely be voices from the right. Musk has brought back a number of right-wing users over the past week, including misogynistic media personality Jordan Peterson and misogynist YouTuber Andrew Tate.
The misogynistic former president, Donald Trump, was given the green light to tweet last weekend in a move preceded by a Twitter poll. However, Trump has not posted any new tweets since his Twitter launch in the aftermath of the Capitol attack on January 6, 2021.
It now looks like Musk might totally hate it October 28 pledge To convene a “Content Stewardship Board with Widely Diverse Perspectives” before any “major content decisions or recalculations” are made.
When confronted with evidence of that pledge in the form of a screenshot earlier this week, Musk claimed he was thwarted by his enemies.
“A large coalition of political/social activist groups has agreed not to try to kill Twitter by starving us of advertising revenue if you agree to this condition,” Musk said on Tuesday, without providing evidence.
Footage from a video call released by TMZ on Wednesday showed Musk describing Twitter’s board as more of an “advisory” group.
“At the end of the day, I will decide… I don’t need to listen to what they have to say,” he said.
Musk appears to be veering aside Critics who say it has become too comfortable With Twitter’s most prominent voices on the right-wing fringes, even advertisers — who provide the bulk of Twitter’s revenue — look flailing.
According to The Washington Post, more than a third of the top 100 Twitter marketers have not posted an advertisement on the site in the past two weeks, coinciding with Musk eliminating Twitter payroll.
Musk, the richest person in the world, completed the $44 billion purchase of Twitter on Oct. 27.