New Twitter CEO Elon Musk on Friday announced that he will introduce a ‘general amnesty’ for other suspended accounts after former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter handle was restored.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox populi, vox Dei,” Musk wrote on Twitter.
The public has spoken.
Amnesty is starting from next week.
Vox populi, vox dei.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
Vox populi, vox dei, is a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people is the voice of God.”
Twitter CEO Musk has asked users of the microblogging website to vote on whether the microblogging site should offer a general amnesty to other suspended accounts, provided they have not broken the law or engaged in serious spam.
According to the results of the poll, more than 3 million people voted in the poll and voted in favor of amnesty with a majority of 72.4 percent.
“Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in serious spam?” Musk tweeted.
Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
Earlier, Musk had asked users of the microblogging website to vote for restoring the account of former US President Donald Trump, who was earlier under a lifetime ban for violence.
“Reinstate former President Trump,” the billionaire Twitter owner offered a chance to vote yes or no. He added in a later tweet, “Trump polls gaining ~1M votes/hour.” According to the poll, more than 15 million Twitter users voted 51.8 percent in favor of reinstatement.
When asked by a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting about plans to return to Twitter, the former president said via video, “I don’t see a reason to.”
Earlier in 2020, Trump’s account was suspended in the wake of the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill following the US presidential elections, resulting in legal troubles for the former US President. This new policy comes as no surprise as the richest man in the world. has made several decisions in this manner, including a purchase of Twitter.
Last Friday, Musk began reinstating accounts that had previously been subject to an indefinite ban for breaking the platform’s rules. Writer Jordan Peterson and comedian Kathy Griffin were among the first to have their accounts restored.
“The new Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of access. Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted and demonetized, so Twitter won’t get any advertising or other revenue. You won’t get tweets unless you specifically request it.” No different from the rest of the internet,” Musk said in an earlier tweet.
On Tuesday, shortly after its controversial acquisition, Musk took a dig at trolls predicting the end of Twitter and tweeted, “Didn’t Twitter have to die by now…?”