The head of Tesla and SpaceX has repeatedly explained that he bought Twitter because he considers the platform to be the “digital public space” that is essential for democracy in the world.
Elon Musk launched a new poll on Wednesday to reinstate suspended Twitter accounts after his latest poll prompted him to welcome Donald Trump back to the platform.
“Should Twitter offer a blanket amnesty to suspended accounts as long as they haven’t broken the law or spammed egregiously? Yes/No,” he asked.
Five hours later, more than two million accounts had already spoken, largely in favor of “yes”, up to 71%.
The new owner and CEO of Twitter has already on Saturday rehabilitated former US President Donald Trump’s account, which was banned from the social network after the attack on Capitol Hill in Washington in January 2021.
“The people have spoken. Trump will be restored,” he said after 15 million accounts responded to his poll on the Republican multibillionaire’s return, including 51.8% in favor of “yes.”
Elon Musk believes that content moderation is too restrictive and undermines freedom of expression. This vision raises fears of a wave of abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the social network.
Many brands have already suspended ad spending, which Twitter relies on for 90% of revenue.
Musk has also come under fire for his decisions at the helm of Twitter, from mass layoffs to the chaotic rollout of new features.