When asked, published Wednesday in the form of a poll on his account, whether Twitter should “grant general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they have not broken the law or sent excessive spam”, 72.4% of about 3, 16 million people said “yes”.
“The people have spoken, amnesty begins next week,” Musk tweeted on Thursday, a holiday in the United States for the Thanksgiving holiday, when publishing the message “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” (“The voice of the people.”) is the voice of God”).
With the same phrase, he had rehabilitated on Saturday the account of former US President Donald Trump, who had been banned from the social network after the January 2021 attack on the Capitol in Washington.
The leader of Tesla and SpaceX had made this decision after a similar consultation about the blue bird network, a method of uncertain representativeness. A narrow majority (51.8%) of the 15 million voters had voted for the return of the Republican billionaire, who has not tweeted since his account was restored.
Elon Musk has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he sees the platform as the “digital public square” that is essential to the world’s democracy.
The richest man in the world finds content moderation too restrictive, but his absolutist view on freedom of expression raises fears of a wave of abuse (disinformation, hate speech) on the social network.
Many brands have already suspended ad spend on Twitter, which is 90% dependent on it for revenue.