New Twitter CEO Elon Musk has started lifting bans that had been instituted against high-profile accounts, including former US President Donald Trump, singer Kanye West and internet personality Andrew Tate.
Trump’s account was reinstated following a poll on Twitter in which over 15 million users voted, with 51.8% voting in favor of the reinstation.
New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.
Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter.
You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
However, when questioned about it during a panel at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s annual leadership meeting, Trump was hesitant on returning to the platform, claiming that Twitter had too many bugs and bots.
”Bot and troll armies might be running out of steam soon. Some interesting lessons to clean up future polls,” Musk tweeted a few hours later.
Trump’s account was banned in January 2021 in the wake of the Capitol Hill riots, while West was banned over a series of tweets that many Twitter users deemed anti-Semitic, and Tate lost his account due to misogynistic content and behaviour.
Elon Musk reinstating Donald Trump’s Twitter account is a middle finger to all of mainstream media, woke leftists & Big Tech. If you claim to support free speech, this should have you smiling from ear to ear.
— Steven Crowder (@scrowder) November 20, 2022
watching all of these people be unbanned from twitter feels like a jail officer that lost the keys
— BONES (@stlkrbones) November 20, 2022
The Internet has once again split itself into two, and Twitter has been swarmed with tweets about Musk’s latest move, with users sharing their opinions and views.
Many are in agreement with Musk, arguing that freedom of speech is crucial and that everyone should have the right to speak their mind.
However, those who disagree argue that Musk is actually promoting the freedom to be racist and misogynistic and the right to spread hate.
Meanwhile, Musk has refused to allow right-wing podcaster Alex Jones back onto the platform, stating he has “no mercy” for anyone who would use the deaths of children for gain, politics or fame, a reference to Jones’ infamous false claims that the 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting was a hoax.
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.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 21, 2022
Do you agree with the reinstation of these accounts? Which of them is most controversial?