Connect with us

Europe

Musk says granting ‘amnesty’ to suspended Twitter accounts

News Agencies

Published

on

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday that he is granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious 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 “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last last weekend before reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, which Twitter had banned for encouraging the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. Trump has said he won’t return to Twitter but has not deleted his account.

Such online polls are anything but scientific and can easily be influenced by bots.

In the month since Musk took over Twitter, groups that monitor the platform for racist, anti-Semitic and other toxic speech say it’s been on the rise on the world’s de facto public square. That has included a surge in racist abuse of World Cup soccer players that Twitter is allegedly failing to act on.

The uptick in harmful content is in large part due to the disorder following Musk’s decision to lay off half the company’s 7,500-person workforce, fire top executives, and then institute a series of ultimatums that prompted hundreds more to quit. Also let go were an untold number of contractors responsible for content moderation. Among those resigning over a lack of faith in Musk’s willingness to keep Twitter from devolving into a chaos of uncontrolled speech were Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth.

Major advertisers have also abandoned the platform.

On Oct. 28, the day after he took control, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a “content moderation council” with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases.

On Tuesday, he said he was reneging on that promise because he’d agreed to at the insistence of “a large coalition of political-social activists groups” who later ”broke the deal” by urging that advertisers at least temporarily stop giving Twitter their business.

A day earlier, Twitter reinstated the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, which was banned in January for violating the platform’s COVID misinformation policies.

Musk, meanwhile, has been getting increasingly chummy on Twitter with right-wing figures. Before this month’s U.S. midterm elections he urged “independent-minded” people to vote Republican.

A report from the European Union published Thursday said Twitter took longer to review hateful content and removed less of it this year compared with 2021. The report was based on data collected over the spring — before Musk acquired Twitter — as part of an annual evaluation of online platforms’ compliance with the bloc’s code of conduct on disinformation. It found that Twitter assessed just over half of the notifications it received about illegal hate speech within 24 hours, down from 82% in 2021.

Continue Reading
Advertisement

Breaking News

Advertisement

Editor Pick’s

Latest Entertainment

Entertainment2 hours ago

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix Docuseries Release Date Revealed: ‘We Know the Full Truth’

Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet and greet the public at the Sydney Opera House...

Entertainment2 hours ago

Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s Netflix Docuseries Gets Release Date Ahead of Christmas, New Trailer

UPDATE: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex, are about to pull back the curtain on...

Entertainment14 hours ago

Amber Heard Appeals “Chilling” $10M Johnny Depp Defamation Verdict; Wants Reversal Or New Trial

Less than a month after Johnny Depp filed his formal appeal of some of the verdict in his sweeping defamation...

Entertainment15 hours ago

Bob McGrath, original ‘Sesame Street’ star, dies at 90

Sesame Street star Bob McGrath (pictured in 2013) has died at age 90. (Photo: Robin Marchant/Getty Images) Bob McGrath, an...

Entertainment16 hours ago

‘Breakfast Club’ stars Molly Ringwald and Ally Sheedy reunite for dinner nearly 38 years after film’s release

Ally Sheedy and Molly Ringwald (in a scene from The Breakfast Club) reunited 37 years after the 1985’s film release....

Entertainment16 hours ago

Al Strobel, Twin Peaks Actor, Dead at 83

Al Strobel, the actor who played Phillip Gerard (aka “The One-Armed Man”) on Twin Peaks, has died. He was 83....

Entertainment16 hours ago

‘Emancipation’ Producer Joey McFarland Apologizes for Bringing Photo of Enslaved Man to Premiere

“Emancipation” producer Joey McFarland has apologized after facing criticism for bringing a photograph of the enslaved man known as “Whipped...

Entertainment17 hours ago

Director Andrew Dominik blames ‘Blonde’ backlash on audiences wanting ‘to reinvent Marilyn Monroe as an empowered woman’

Andrew Dominick, the director of the controversial Marilyn Monroe biopic Blonde, spoke out about the film’s backlash. (Photo: Sylvain Lefevre/WireImage)...

Latest Sports

Sports49 mins ago

Reports: Cincinnati hiring Louisville’s Scott Satterfield to replace Luke Fickell

The Bearcats are heading to the Big 12 in 2023. And play Louisville in the Fenway Bowl on Dec. 17.

Sports1 hour ago

Everything the Dallas Cowboys said after beating the Indianapolis Colts

Quotes from the postgame press conferences, locker room interviews and more

Sports2 hours ago

Alabama LG Javion Cohen set to enter NCAA transfer portal

Alabama starting offensive lineman Javion Cohen is set to enter the NCAA transfer, he announced Sunday night.

Sports2 hours ago

Brian Daboll’s questionable decision to punt in Giants’ tie with Commanders puts pressure on as postseason nears

Giants head coach Brian Daboll passed on a chance to win the game in a 20-20 tie with the Washington...

Sports3 hours ago

Bonds, Clemens left out of Hall again; McGriff elected

The committee passed over Bonds, Clemens and Curt Schilling in favor of McGriff.

Sports3 hours ago

2022-23 Bowl Schedule: Where UK, U of L, WKU and everyone else is headed for the holidays

The Wildcats, Cardinals and Hilltoppers were assigned their bowl destinations Sunday. See who they’ll be playing — along with all...

Sports3 hours ago

Ezekiel Elliott came off bench for first time in Cowboys career due to what Jerry Jones called a disciplinary issue

Tony Pollard, not Ezekiel Elliott, got the start for the Cowboys on Sunday night, and afterward the team owner explained...

Sports4 hours ago

Eagles overreactions: Learning important lesson even in huge win vs. Titans

The Eagles flexed their muscles at home on Sunday on both sides of the ball, dropping bombs from the sky...

Technology Hot News

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter? Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?
Technology1 month ago

Is Elon Musk Really Going to Buy Twitter?

Elon Musk, the owner of the electric car company Tesla, CEO of SpaceX, and the richest man in the world,...

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours
Technology1 month ago

WhatsApp services were affected across Pakistan, restored after 2 hours

WhatsApp services were affected in various countries of the world, including Pakistan, and India due to this users were facing...

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies
Technology2 months ago

Bitcoin vs Litecoin: A guide to understanding cryptocurrencies

Cryptocurrencies currently occupy an odd place in society. They are no longer the super niche bizarre currency beloved by tech...

Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads Personal data of people is selling on Google Play and Google Ads
Editor Picks3 months ago

Personal data of people are sold on Google Play and Google Ads

It’s been two to three years since Google has been unknowingly hosting multiple apps from malicious actors who sell personal...

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours
Technology5 months ago

Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours

An end-to-end encrypted email service Protonmail is down a second time in the past 24 hours, netizens reported on social...

What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop What's better for the student: a tablet or a laptop
Technology7 months ago

What’s better for the student: a tablet or a laptop

Some analysts argue that computers have outlived their usefulness. There is some truth in this: PC and laptop sales are...

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary
Technology7 months ago

Tesla founder Elon Musk holds the Twitter deal temporary

USA: Elon Musk, the founder of companies like Tesla and SpaceX, can actually buy anything in the world. Last month,...

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat? How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?
Technology7 months ago

How Zafar Supari is utilizing his ability on Snapchat?

Pakistan: Zafar Supari a public figure, businessman, and social media sensation has crossed one hundred thirty-three thousand 133k subscribers on...