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Elon Musk says he’s offering grants

New Twitter boss Elon Musk said Thursday he is offering an “apology” for suspended accounts that online security experts predict will lead to a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

Billionaire announced after asking in a Posted a poll on his timeline to vote on reinstatement For accounts that “have not broken the law or been involved in serious spam.” The yes vote was 72%.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox populi, vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase meaning “voice of the people, voice of God.”

Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last weekend restore account of former President Donald Trump, who was banned by Twitter on January 6, 2021, for encouraging the Capitol insurrection. Trump has said he will not return to Twitter, but has not deleted his account.

Online polls like this are anything but scientific and can be easily influenced by bots.

Several civil rights groups, including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the Anti-Defamation League, are urging advertisers boycott twitter In response to Musk’s decision to restore Trump’s posting rights. The organizations argue that Musk reneged on his previous commitment to create a “content moderation council” before restoring the controversial accounts.

Advertisers including Oreo-maker Mondelez, Allianz, Audi, General Mills, GM, United Airlines and Pfizer have paused their ads on Twitter, which led Musk earlier this month to “Dangerous drop” in revenue,


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afterwards $44 billion acquisition Of Twitter, the Tesla founder announced in late October that he would form a council with a “widely diverse perspective”, adding that anyone whose account has been banned will have a chance to meet as a group. Will not be allowed to return to the stage before the meet. But Trump’s account was restored without any input from such council.

Under Musk, Twitter Has Restored Other previously banned accountsThese include rapper Marjorie Taylor Greene, comedian Kathy Griffin, psychologist Jordan Peterson and the rapper formerly known as Kanye West.

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