Twitter: Musk announces ‘amnesty’ for suspended accounts
SAN FRANCISCO –
New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday he is granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online security experts predict will lead to an increase in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.
The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked in a poll on his timeline to vote on reinstating accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in gross spam.” The yes vote was 72%.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”
Musk used the same Latin phrase after he posted a similar poll last weekend before reinstating former US President Donald Trump’s account, which Twitter had banned for encouraging the January 6, 2021 Capitol riot. Trump has said he will not return to Twitter, but did not delete his account.
Such online polls are anything but scientific and can be easily influenced by bots.