Elon Musk runs new poll asking if he should bring suspended accounts back to Twitter

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Elon Musk has put another major Twitter decision on the platform’s 250 million regular users after apparently calling off his previous plans for a content moderation board.

Musk published a poll on Wednesday asking whether the platform should offer “a general amnesty to suspended accounts, as long as they haven’t broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”

At the time of writing, 72% of the nearly 3 million voters have said yes.

Last week, Musk adopted the same decision-making process when considering whether to reinstate former President Donald Trump’s account. After 15 million people voted, the “yes” vote won by a slim margin and Trump was given back access, though he has so far refused to return to the platform.

The move prompted civil rights leaders to urge major advertisers to stay away from the platform, saying Musk broke promises he made to them earlier this month in a closed-door meeting about hate speech and misinformation. .

Twitter’s new CEO originally stated that he would create a “content moderation board with widely diverse viewpoints.” He even said that “no major content decisions or accounts will be reinstated before that council meets.”

No such council has been convened, however, and Musk has already recovered the accounts of other controversial figures, including Kanye West, who was suspended following an anti-Semitic hate speech, right wing Majorie Taylor Greene, Jordan Peterson and Andrew Tate. (None of these required a survey.)

While the billionaire has claimed his sweeping changes are part of his dedication to free speech (he describes himself as a “free speech absolutist”), the one account that said it won’t let him return to Twitter is that of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who was banned in 2018 for abusive behavior.

Musk calls for “transparency”

Musk’s method of making significant changes to a social media giant hasn’t gone down well with some high-profile users, like writer James Felton. answering, “His grand vision is to outsource all decisions affecting user security to all his little right-wing fans.” Others praised the idea and opted for a “clean slate” under new leadership.

Musk added below his poll: “The world should know the truth of what has been happening on Twitter. Transparency will win people’s trust.”

Moderation has become one of the most contentious topics on Twitter since Musk took over, especially after he laid off a large number of staff, including some 3,000 outsourced moderators who enforced the rules on harmful content. Trust and security chief Yoel Roth also resigned.

Musk’s proposed overhaul of the verification system, designed to prevent imitation, has also been chaotic and messy, and has been delayed until further notice.

After the layoffs, Twitter also does not have a communication team.

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