Elon Musk Says He’ll Reinstate Suspended Twitter Accounts Beginning Next Week

Twitter master Elon Musk said on Thursday that starting next week it would begin restoring suspended accounts of users who were banned for offenses such as violent threats, harassment, abuse and misinformation.

Their move comes in response to a Twitter poll which asked, “Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in serious spam?” More than 72 percent of the 3 million respondents voted yes, leading Musk to declare: “The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week.” Voting closes today around 12:45PM ET.

Just last week, Musk used a Twitter poll to make another big decision, restore account Former President Donald Trump, who was banned after the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. 52 percent of respondents said he should restore Trump’s account, after which he tweeted “Vox populi, vox Dei,” Latin for “the voice of the people is the voice of God.” Trump has done so far offer declined,

Soon after taking over Twitter in a $44 billion leveraged buyout, Musk sought to allay fears about the social media company’s direction, saying he was creating a content moderation council.

“Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with widely diverse viewpoints,” the billionaire entrepreneur tweeted. “There will be no major material decisions or account restitution before the council convenes.” So far, there is no evidence that a content moderation council has been formed or has had any influence on Musk’s decisions.

Musk has previously said he disagrees with Twitter’s policy of permanent banning.

“The new Twitter policy is freedom of speech, not freedom of access,” Musk said in a tweet last week, adding, “Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted and monetized, so Twitter will have no advertising or other revenue.”