Elon Musk announces amnesty for banned accounts

Twitter’s new Chief executive Elon Musk has announced to provide general amnesty to banned Twitter accounts after the Twitter poll.

Musk ran a poll on Twitter asking whether to do so for users who had not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.

Out of the nearly 3.2K votes, Musk collected, 72.4% were in support of allowing suspended customers to rejoin the service.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted.

However, as per online safety experts, this can cause an increase in harassment, hate speech, and misinformation.

Last week, Musk activated some suspended accounts including former US President Donald Trump’s account.

Other than Trump, the Twitter accounts of the conservative satirical website Babylon Bee and liberal comedian Kathy Griffin also got reactivated.
Racist, anti-Semitic, and other toxic speech had reportedly increased on the de facto public forum of the world in the month since Musk assumed control of Twitter.

This also included a rise in racial taunts directed at World Cup soccer players which Twitter supposedly ignored.


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