Elon Musk said on Thursday that Twitter will grant amnesty for suspended accounts beginning next week after holding a vote.
In a poll shared on Wednesday, Musk asked users whether Twitter should offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam. An overwhelming 72.4% of Twitter users voted in the affirmative, with more than 3 million respondents.
The people have spoken. Musk said that Amnesty begins next week, and that Vox Populi, Vox Dei, is a Latin phrase that means the voice of the people is the voice of God. The new Twitter boss questioned users last Friday if former President Donald Trump should be allowed back on Twitter after he was banned in the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Trump has said he won't return to Twitter, but he hasn't deleted his account.
On Oct. 28, Musk said that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a content moderation council with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases.
He said he was reneging on that promise because he agreed to at the insistence of a coalition of political-social activists who later broke the deal by urging advertisers to stop giving Twitter their business.
A day earlier today, Twitter reinstated the personal account of Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene R-GA, which was banned earlier this year. The Babylon Bee and Jordan Peterson have been reinstated by Twitter.
Musk has ruled out re-instating Alex Jones, writing: My firstborn child died in my arms. I felt his last heartbeat. I have no mercy for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame.