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Musk to grant 'amnesty' to suspended Twitter accounts

Amnesty begins next week, tweets Musk


Elon Musk on Thursday said that he is granting 'amnesty' to suspended Twitter accounts starting next week after running a poll on whether to do so provided that "they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam."

Granting 'amnesty' for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation, reported Associated Press (AP). 

The poll that started on Wednesday received a yes vote of 72.4 per cent on Friday. 

"The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei," Musk tweeted. 

Since Musk had taken over Twitter, new changes were brought to the social media platform. From company layoffs to introducing subscription plans for blue ticks has been laid down. 

Major advertisers have also abandoned the platform since the changes.

On October 28, the day after he took control, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a "content moderation council" with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases, reported AP.

A report from the European Union published Thursday said Twitter took longer to review hateful content and removed less of it this year compared with 2021, reported AP. It further reported that the report was based on data collected over the spring before Musk acquired Twitter as part of an annual evaluation of online platforms' compliance with the bloc's code of conduct on disinformation.

It found that Twitter assessed just over half of the notifications it received about illegal hate speech within 24 hours, down from 82 per cent in 2021, reported AP.

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