Elon Musk says he will grant ‘amnesty’ to blacklisted Twitter accounts

Twitter owner Elon Musk claimed this week that he plans to grant “amnesty” to accounts blacklisted on the platform. Musk says the amnesty will be for users who haven’t “broken the law or engaged in egregious spamming,” which may mean many unjustly banned curators will be reinstated on the platform.

AP News reports that Elon Musk announced on Thursday that he would grant ‘amnesty’ to blacklisted accounts on the platform, leading many leftists to worry about an increase in ‘hate speech’ and “disinformation”.

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Musk’s announcement comes shortly after he launched a poll asking Twitter users to vote on reinstating accounts that haven’t “broken the law or engaged in egregious spamming.” 72% of those who responded to the poll voted yes.

Musk tweeted: “People have spoken. The amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei”, using a Latin expression which means “the voice of the people, the voice of God”. Musk used the same phrase after reinstating former President Donald Trump on the platform. Trump said he would not return to Twitter but did not delete his account.

Since Musk took over Twitter, he has taken many significant steps, including the decision to lay off half of the company’s 7,500 employees, lay off senior executives and demand longer and more intense work hours, which prompted many to quit. Twitter also fired a large majority of contractors who were primarily responsible for moderating content.

Advertisers have also abandoned the platform in droves over fears that advertising on Twitter will harm the brands they represent. On Oct. 28, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated on the platform until Twitter formed a “content moderation board” with diverse perspectives to review each case.

On Tuesday, he said he was now breaking that promise because he had agreed to it at the insistence of “a broad coalition of political-social activist groups” which he said later “broke the deal by urging advertisers to stop promoting content on Twitter.

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Lucas Nolan is a reporter for Breitbart News covering free speech and online censorship issues. Follow him on Twitter @LucasNolan


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