Elon Muskowner and boss of Twitter for three weeks, announced Friday that several suspended user accounts have been reinstated on the platform, but that he had “no decision yet on trump“. The boss of Tesla, who defends an absolutist vision of freedom of expression, is expected to turn on the subject of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network for having encouraged his supporters before the invasion of the Capitol in January 2021 .
“The politics of the new Twitter is freedom of expression, not freedom to achieve” the public, explained Elon Musk on his Twitter account. “Negative or hateful tweets will be downgraded and demonetized, so there will be no back-to-back ads or other revenue for Twitter. You won’t find these tweets unless you look for them specifically, which is no different from the rest of the internet.”, he added. Twitter seems plunged into an unprecedented crisis on Friday, after hundreds of employees of the group, survivors of the first massive wave of layoffs two weeks ago, decided to leave in response to an ultimatum from the multi-billionaire.
Elon Musk is also facing concern and criticism from advertisers, analysts and elected officials after many contradictory decisions and positions on the crucial subject of content moderation. The accounts he reinstated on Friday – Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson and Babylon Bee – are close to the American left or right. Comedian Kathy Griffin, who had two million subscribers, was suspended from the platform last week, along with other netizens who changed their username to “Elon Musk” to mock the new boss. She had also replaced her profile picture with an image of the billionaire.ex-wife of Elon Musk
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“Twitter accounts that impersonate someone else, without clearly stating that it is a parody, will be permanently suspended”, said Elon Musk. Accused of defending freedom of expression except when he is the butt of jokes, he also made fun of Kathy Griffin, tweeting: “In fact, she was suspended for posing as a comedian”.
“The Babylon Bee” is a conservative-leaning American satirical site, suspended from Twitter in March for violating hate speech rules, after a tweet about Rachel Levine, a transgender pediatrician in Joe Biden’s government. According to Bloomberg, Elon Musk’s ex-wife, Talulah Riley, texted him in the spring, before he announced his plan to acquire the social network, to protest the suspension of Babylon Bee and tricked him into buying Twitter to delete or return it “radically pro freedom of expression”.
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