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Elon Musk says Twitter to provide 'amnesty' to some suspended accounts starting next week

Stock Markets Nov 24, 2022 05:20PM ET
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(Reuters) - Elon Musk said on Thursday that Twitter will provide a "general amnesty" to suspended accounts starting next week after running a poll on whether to do so for users who had not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.

In a poll Musk posted on Twitter on Wednesday, 72.4% of the more than 3.16 million users who took part voted in favor of bringing back those who had been suspended by the social media platform.

"The people have spoken," Musk, who acquired Twitter last month, tweeted on Thursday. "Amnesty begins next week."

Last week, Musk, the world's richest person, reinstated some previously suspended accounts, including former U.S. President Donald Trump, satirical website Babylon Bee and comedian Kathy Griffin.

He tweeted in October that Twitter would form a content moderation council "with widely diverse viewpoints." Musk said no major content decisions or account reinstatements would happen before the council convened.

Change and chaos have marked the billionaire's first few weeks as Twitter's owner. He has fired top managers, including former Chief Executive Parag Agarwal, and it was announced that senior officials in charge of security and privacy had quit.

Those resignations drew scrutiny from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission, whose mandate includes protecting consumers and which said it was watching Twitter with "deep concern."

Earlier Thursday, Musk tweeted that Twitter users might notice small, sometimes major improvements in the platform's speed, which would be significant in countries far away from the United States.

Elon Musk says Twitter to provide 'amnesty' to some suspended accounts starting next week
 

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Mad Money
Mad Money Nov 24, 2022 7:10PM ET
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Lol he just wants to put on a show so more people stay engaged and use twitter to argue on topics. He doesn’t care about free speech
lakes Tenn
lakes Tenn Nov 24, 2022 6:16PM ET
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takes an African to stand up for the American constitution. Other businesses should take notice
Assad Malikk
Assad Malikk Nov 24, 2022 6:00PM ET
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These are trying times for everyone and we sympathize with Europe and the rest of the world it’s a time we probably makes income by our self’s. only for a few with nice mind consciousness should notify Thank you..
Gus McCrae
Gus McCrae Nov 24, 2022 5:37PM ET
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F@k the tyrant left and woke liberals. yeah, f@k you
Teena Marie
Teena Marie Nov 24, 2022 5:32PM ET
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This won't last.
Samuel Ajobo
Samuel Ajobo Nov 24, 2022 5:29PM ET
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Talk about Tesla’s FSD :)
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I hope I'll get amnesty. Thank you Elon.
 
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