Blocked Twitter users won’t be allowed to return until a process is in place.
Elon Musk stated that until the firm has a clear mechanism in place, which he claimed will take at least a few weeks, Twitter Inc. won’t permit anyone who was kicked off the service for breaking its rules to return.
Musk announced on Twitter early on Wednesday that he has spoken to many civil society organisations about how the company “will continue to combat hate & harassment & enforce its election integrity policies.” Musk just completed a $44 billion takeover of the company.
The human rights community and organisations that deal with hate-motivated violence will undoubtedly be represented on Twitter’s content moderation panel, according to Musk.
The remarks come as Mr. Musk, a self-described “absolutist” of free speech, seeks to allay worries that the social media platform he owns would have looser content filtering and will allow individuals who were banned from the network to return.
Due to doubts regarding Twitter’s capacity to oversee its material, two sizable advertising agencies this week advised their clients to temporarily postpone doing so, according to sources with direct knowledge of the matter.
Former President Donald Trump, whose statements on the social media platform were linked to the Capitol violence on January 6, has been named by Musk as one of the users he would welcome back.
Additionally, he stated that Twitter “cannot turn into a hellish free-for-all where anything may be spoken without repercussions!
Mr. Musk has stated that Twitter must be “warm and friendly to all” in addition to abiding by the law.
Musk has stated that he wants the social media platform to rely less on digital advertising and that he sees selling subscriptions as a way to increase revenue. Nearly 90% of Twitter’s revenue comes from digital adverts, and Mr. Musk recently posted that he was considering a $8/month membership service.
Musk recently tweeted that users “suspended for small & questionable reasons will be liberated from Twitter jail” and announced plans to form a content moderation council to provide advice on content moderation. Musk has stated that he wants a reversal of some of Twitter’s rules governing content.
Derrick Johnson, president of the NAACP, Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation League, and Ken Hersh, the longstanding financier and CEO of the George W. Bush Presidential Center were among the civil society figures Mr. Musk claimed to have spoken with.
Tweets from Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, Yoel Roth, that read: “We’re being watchful against attempts to distort conversations about the 2022 US midterms,” prompted Musk to respond on Wednesday.
Mr. Musk has also suggested charging for Twitter’s user-verification procedure. The service, which adds a blue check mark to verified users’ accounts, is now free, but it is only available to accounts that Twitter considers to be “notable.”
Since Musk’s acquisition of Twitter came to an end last Thursday, the main concern has been how he will treat previously banned accounts. On January 8, 2021, Mr. Trump was permanently barred from using Twitter in relation to the United States. Riot in the Capitol over tweets that business executives believed may incite violence.
Trump, who has created his own social media network, has stated that he approves of Musk’s takeover of Twitter and disagrees with his prohibition, but that he has no plans to use the service again. The account remained suspended as of Wednesday morning.