Elon Musk reinstates banned accounts on Twitter

The accounts he reinstated on Friday are those of Kathy Griffin, Jordan Peterson and Babylon Bee.

Comedian Kathy Griffin, who was followed by 2 million people, was suspended from the platform last week, like other Internet users who had changed their pseudonym to Elon Musk to make fun of the new boss. She had also replaced her profile picture with an image of the billionaire.

Twitter accounts that impersonate someone else, without clearly stating that it is a parody, will be permanently suspended.said Elon Musk.

The Babylon Bee is a conservative-leaning American satirical site, suspended from Twitter in March for violating hate speech rules, after posting 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 induce him to buy Twitter to remove the platform or make it radically pro-free speech.

Canadian Jordan Peterson is a media personality known for his conservative views. He was suspended from the platform for hate speech against transgender actor Elliot Page this summer.

I’m back. Thanks Elon Musk. »

A quote from Jordan Peterson

What about Trump?

Internet users have been waiting since the takeover of Twitter for the decision of the whimsical billionaire about the account of former American President Donald Trump, banned from the social network following the assault on the Capitol, which occurred in January 2021 in the United States.

As an answer, Elon Musk asked the question on Friday in a survey addressed to users of the social network. At 10 p.m. Friday, some 56% of respondents said they were in favor of Donald Trump’s return to the network.

The politics of the new Twitter is freedom of speech, not freedom to reach [le public]. »

A quote from Elon Musk

Nothing says that the multibillionaire will bend to the choice of Internet users, but he added, in response to the survey, a Latin adage suggesting that the decision would be up to the people: Vox Populi vox dei (The voice of the people is the voice of God).

A netizen suggested also restoring the account of far-right American conspirator Alex Jones, who had been sued for several years by parents of victims of the Sandy Hook school shooting in Newton, Connecticut, for claiming that the massacre was just a stage show driven by people opposed to guns.

Nopereplied Elon Musk.

Twitter seems plunged into an unprecedented crisis since Thursday evening, after hundreds of workers in the group, survivors of the first massive wave of layoffs two weeks ago, decided to jump ship in response to an ultimatum issued by the multi-billionaire. He asked them to choose between giving themselves thoroughly, unconditionallyor leave.

Elon Musk is also facing concern and criticism from advertisers, analysts and elected officials after numerous contradictory decisions and positions on the crucial subject of content moderation.

Elon Musk reinstates banned accounts on Twitter