“Should Twitter offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts, as long as they haven’t broken the law or sent outrageous spam? Yes/No,” he asked. Two hours later, more than a million accounts had already spoken, largely in favor of the “yes”.
The new owner and CEO of Twitter has already rehabilitated on Saturday the account of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network after the capitol assault in Washington in January 2021. “The people have spoken. Trump will be reinstated, ”he tweeted after 15 million accounts responded to his poll on the return of the Republican multi-billionaire, including 51.8% in favor of “yes”.
The boss of Tesla and SpaceX has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he considers the platform to be the “digital public square” essential to democracy in the world. He believes that content moderation is too restrictive and undermines freedom of expression. This vision raises fears of a surge of abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the social network.
Elon Musk is widely criticized for his decisions at the helm of Twitter, from mass layoffs to the chaotic launch of new features.
He dismisses criticism several times a day on his account with 118 million subscribers with memes (parodic images), emoticons, provocations, personal attacks and pirouettes.
“Over time, as we work our way to the truth, Twitter will gain people’s trust,” he tweeted, for example, on Wednesday.