Twitter’s new boss, Elon musk announced that he has granted amnesty to suspended Twitter accounts, which online safety experts predict will lead to a rise in harassment, hate speech, and misinformation.
Announcing the result of the informal poll, Musk tweeted: “The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week.” “Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” He added using a Latin phrase meaning, “the voice of the people [is] the voice of God.” Made a shocking decision in another bizarre way.
The billionaire made his announcement after asking for votes on whether to reinstate accounts that haven’t “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam” in a poll that was posted to his timeline. The poll for general amnesty was conducted using the same method he used to handle the case of Donald Trump.
More than 3.1m Twitter users responded to Musk’s poll, with 72.4% of them voting “Yes” while 27.6% voted no.
Musk tried to ease concerns about the direction of the social media platform by indicating it is launching a content moderation council shortly after he bought Twitter in a $44 billion deal. The poll and other actions were taken under the council’s umbrella.
Will Donald Trump return?
Musk has already reinstated several accounts, including that of former President Donald Trump.
After Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in 2021, his Twitter account was suspended because its power incites violence.
The former US president, though, might not take the stage again because “I don’t see any need for it,” he stated.
He has declared his intention to seek the US presidency once more in 2024.
Is Elon Musk trying to run Twitter all alone?
After months of negotiations, Elon Musk finally completed his $44 billion purchase on October 28.
Since then, he has fired half of the company’s 7,500 employees, and hundreds more are rumored to have gone after receiving an email warning that those who stayed would have to put in long hours and “hardcore” work.
Among those resigning over a lack of faith in Musk’s willingness to keep the platform from devolving into a chaos of uncontrolled speech was Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth.
Many of the app’s remaining staff members made their resignations known.
What does Hollywood think?
The accounts of rapper Ye (formerly known as Kanye West) and influencer Andrew Tate have also been reinstated.
Here is a growing list of famous people that have chosen to quit using Twitter because of Musk.
Earlier appearing on The View, Goldberg described Elon Musk’s Twitter as a “mess.”
She tweeted on November 7, “I’m getting off today,” “I just feel like it’s so messy, and I’m tired of now having had certain kinds of attitudes blocked, and now they’re back on. I’m going to get out, and if it settles down and I feel more comfortable, maybe I’ll come back.”
She added, “As of tonight, I’m done with Twitter.”
Shonda Rhimes left Twitter as soon as Musk’s takeover was finalized.
“Not hanging around for whatever Elon has planned,” she wrote. “Bye.”
However, her account is still on the platform but no activity has been seen since October 29.
“I deactivated my Twitter account today,” the model wrote on her Instagram Stories on Nov. 7.
“For a long time, but especially with its new leadership, it’s becoming more and more of a cesspool of hate & bigotry, and it’s not a place I want to be a part of.”
“Only sorry to the fans, who I’ve loved connecting with for a decade via Twitter, but I can’t say it’s a safe space for anyone, nor a social platform that will do more good than harm,” she wrote.
Before disappearing from the platform on October 28, Braxton tweeted; “I’m shocked and appalled at some of the “free speech I’ve seen on this platform since its acquisition”.
“Hate speech under the veil of ‘free speech is unacceptable; therefore I am choosing to stay off Twitter as it is no longer a safe space for myself, my sons, and other POC.”
Sara Bareilles made her parting announcement a day after Braxton did.
“Welp. It’s been fun Twitter. I’m out,” she tweeted. “See you on other platforms, peeps. Sorry, this one’s just not for me”.
Other Celebrities including Jack White, Trent Reznor, Eric Larsen, and Téa Leoni, have said farewell too.