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Twitter outcasts demand reinstatement, test limits on free speech after Musk takeover


The hours since Elon Musk took over Twitter have seen banned account holders seek reinstatement, while others have tested Twitter’s misinformation policies.

The billionaire announced he would convene a “content moderation board” for his newly acquired social media platform despite his earlier promise to “let the bird fly”. This is seen in some circles as a step back.

Musk’s original intention was to talk about free speech and free banned users from what he called Twitter’s jail, which means people like Donald Trump could be allowed back on the platform. .

But on Friday, he said no decisions on content or reinstatements would be made until a “content moderation board” was in place. The council, he wrote, would have “diverse views”, but he did not give further details.

General Motors said late Friday that it had temporarily halted paid advertising on Twitter after Elon Musk completed its takeover.

The largest US automaker said it was “engaging with Twitter to understand the direction of the platform under their new ownership.” Musk is also chief executive of GM rival Tesla.

Hours after his takeover was confirmed on Twitter, the billionaire owner was inundated with demands and requests from banned account holders and world leaders.

The flood of demands underscores the challenge Musk faces, balancing a promise to restore free speech while preventing the platform from descending into a ‘hellish landscape’, as he swore in an open letter to advertisers. Thursday.

Donald Trump, permanently banned from Twitter on charges of inciting violence after the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol riots, welcomed the takeover but said little about a return to Twitter.

“I am very happy that Twitter is now in good hands and is no longer run by crazies and crazies from the radical left who really hate our country,” said the former US president who was defeated in the election. 2020 presidential.

Some conservative figures wasted no time jumping onto the platform and recirculating long-debunked conspiracy theories in a tongue-in-cheek attempt to “test” whether Twitter’s misinformation policies were still being enforced.

Others have called on Musk to reverse the sanctions imposed by the social media platform. Responding to @catturd2, an anonymous account with 852,000 followers – known to be a big supporter of Trump’s baseless voter fraud allegations – and which said he was ‘shadowbanned’, Musk tweeted “I’ll dig deeper today.

There were differing opinions among people around Twitter’s offices in San Francisco on Friday.

“There have been some issues on Twitter and we all know that,” one woman said, “so I just hope he makes the changes and does everything for free speech.”

“If it doesn’t allow conversation control to limit hate speech and things like that, then I think it could be worse for people and create a more adversarial political environment,” one man explained.

Elon Musk arrived at Twitter headquarters on day one with a sink. He admitted the $44 billion he paid for the social media giant was too expensive. “Let it sink in,” he joked, hence the accessory.

“The bird is free,” he tweeted when confirming the deal, prompting the European Commission’s digital chief to respond, also on Twittersaying that if the bird is to fly in Europe, it will fly according to European rules.

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