Elon Musk put another important Twitter decision to the platform’s 250 million regular users after seemingly mothballing its earlier plans for a content moderation council.
Musk posted a poll on Wednesday asking whether the platform should offer “a general amnesty to suspended accounts, if they haven’t broken the law or engaged in serious spam.”
At the time of writing, 72% of nearly 3 million voters said yes.
Last week, Musk adopted a similar decision-making process when considering whether he should bring back the former president Donald Trump’s account. After 15 million people voted, “yes” won by a small margin and Trump was granted back access, although he has so far refused to return to the platform.
The movement prompted civil rights leaders to urge major advertisers to stay away from the platform, saying Musk is breaking promises he made to them earlier this month in a closed-door meeting about hate speech and misinformation.
Twitter’s new CEO originally claimed he would create a “content moderation council with more diverse perspectives.” He even said that “No major internal decisions or reconciliation of accounts will take place before the council convenes.”
However, no such council was convened, and Musk has already returned the accounts of other controversial figures including Kanye West, who was suspended after antisemitic hate speech, right wing. Majorie Taylor Greene, Jordan Peterson and Andrew Tate. (None of this requires a poll.)
While the billionaire claims his many changes are part of his dedication to free speech—he’s a self-described “free speech absolutist”—an account he says he won’t allow back on Twitter is that of conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, who banned in 2018 for abusive behavior.
Musk calls for “transparency”
Musk’s approach to making significant changes at a social media juggernaut has not sat well with some high-profile users, according to writer James Felton. answer, “Your big vision is to outsource all decisions that affect user safety to all your little right wing fanboys.” Others applauded the idea, opting for a “clean slate” under new leadership.
Musk added at the bottom of his poll, “The world needs to know the truth of what’s happening on Twitter. Transparency earns people’s trust.”
Moderation has become one of the most contentious issues at Twitter since Musk took over, especially after he fired a number of staff, including a reported 3,000 outsourced moderators who enforced rules about offensive content. . Head of trust and safety Yoel Roth also resigned.
Musk’s proposed overhaul of the verification system, designed to prevent impersonation, has also messy and messy — and delayed until further notice.
After the layoffs, Twitter also doesn’t have a communications team.
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