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Elon Musk says Twitter will grant ‘amnesty’ to suspended accounts next week

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – US billionaire entrepreneur and Twitter owner Elon Musk said on Thursday that social media would reinstate blocked accounts next week after a majority of users voted for “amnesty”.

On Wednesday, Musk released a Twitter poll asking users to vote on whether Twitter should “offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in egregious spamming.” A total of 3.16 million respondents voted, with 72.4% saying Twitter should reinstate suspended accounts.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted.

On November 19, Musk restored the page for the 45th US President, Donald Trump, whose account had been suspended since January 8, 2021, two days after the US Capitol riot. On Monday, Twitter reinstated the account of the American rap artist, record producer and fashion designer, whose legal name is Ye, after he was blocked on Oct. 9 for a policy violation. It is believed that the rapper was banned for an anti-Semitic tweet, although the network itself did not specify the exact reason for the suspension of his account.

After becoming Twitter’s new owner and CEO on October 28, Musk introduced significant changes to the company’s policies and day-to-day operations. The entrepreneur fired former CEO Parag Agrawal along with thousands of regular Twitter employees, banned working from home and introduced a new verification system, under which users can now receive a verification mark for 7.99 $ per month.

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