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FILE - The Twitter splash page is seen on a digital device, Monday, April 25, 2022, in San Diego. New Twitter owner Elon Musk says he is granting “amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation. The billionaire’s announcement Thursday, Nov. 24, came after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” (AP Photo/Gregory Bull, File)
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Musk says he is granting 'amnesty' to suspended Twitter accounts

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New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday that he is granting "amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

The billionaire's announcement came after he asked in a poll posted to his timeline to vote on reinstatements for accounts that have not “broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.” The yes vote was 72%.

“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last last weekend before reinstating the account of former President Donald Trump, which Twitter had banned for encouraging the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection. Trump has said he won’t return to Twitter but has not deleted his account.

Such online polls are anything but scientific and can easily be influenced by bots.

In the month since Musk took over Twitter, groups that monitor the platform for racist, anti-Semitic and other toxic speech say it’s been on the rise on the world’s de facto public square. That has included a surge in racist abuse of World Cup soccer players that Twitter is allegedly failing to act on.

The uptick in harmful content is in large part due to the disorder following Musk’s decision to lay off half the company’s 7,500-person workforce, fire top executives, and then institute a series of ultimatums that prompted hundreds more to quit. Also let go were an untold number of contractors responsible for content moderation. Among those resigning over a lack of faith in Musk’s willingness to keep Twitter from devolving into a chaos of uncontrolled speech were Twitter’s head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth.

Major advertisers have also abandoned the platform.

On Oct. 28, the day after he took control, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a “content moderation council” with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases.

On Tuesday, he said he was reneging on that promise because he’d agreed to at the insistence of “a large coalition of political-social activists groups” who later ”broke the deal” by urging that advertisers at least temporarily stop giving Twitter their business.

A day earlier, Twitter reinstated the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, which was banned in January for violating the platform’s COVID misinformation policies.

Musk, meanwhile, has been getting increasingly chummy on Twitter with right-wing figures. Before this month’s U.S. midterm elections he urged “independent-minded” people to vote Republican.

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James Madison would probably be aghast that bald-faced lies are considered protected speech.

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Confusing actions from Musk on many aspects of Twitter. He fired content moderators.

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“The people have spoken. Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted using a Latin phrase meaning “the voice of the people, the voice of God.”

Musk has been quoted as saying that Iain Banks socialist SF series The Culture is an inspiration for him but his recent actions and pronouncements seem closer to The Warhammer 40K universe Empire of Man. To mix SF metaphors.

These votes have nothing to do with god or the people, more like bots and Musk's whims.

A day earlier, Twitter reinstated the personal account of far-right Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, which was banned in January for violating the platform’s COVID misinformation policies.

There is a danger with the gullible, but let MTG and the other alt-right figures have their free speech and quotes highlighted and under scrutiny for all to see.

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At this point many knew that Mr. Musk taking over Twitter means outrages things are about to happen and this is one of them. So all the hard work of security experts and social media safety analysts is about to get flushed down Mr. Musk Toilet as he put it, and then in few months he will reverse course.

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What about mike lindell? The ‘truth’ must be heard! He has all the evidence, it’s just that Frank wasn’t the right platform to reveal it. But from now he’s going to blow the lid off the whole thing, just you wait!

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Oh hell. Is he going to reinstate Trump's account?

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Awesome Musk. Love it .

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maybe its enough to hear abt twitter?

why need to know something abt twitter almost everyday?

its private owned business with own rules and regulations and its market economy,so everyone have choice,will use twitter or not-i see no any issue with that or anything to be excited or worry about?

facebook,instagram or even JT doing same things...so pls stop its enough.

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We want Jared Taylor back!

Enough with banning people for absolutely no other reason than being polite and speaking the truth.

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Such online polls are anything but scientific and can easily be influenced by bots.

Right, so all online polls on twitter have been influenced by bots, that's a revelation right there..

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which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

Usually these "anti-hate" groups are the most hateful people on earth.

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@finally rich,

We want Jared Taylor back!

Enough with banning people for absolutely no other reason than being polite and speaking the truth.

LOL. Taylor is a loony white supremacist who believes he is member of the white "master race". His parents were American Christian fundamentalist wackos that tried for years to ram their stone-age beliefs down the throats of the Japanese public.

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Musk will turn Twitter into a cesspool.

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Can’t believe how many people have been lulled into the ‘censorship is ok’ game. Like frogs sitting in warm water on a stove. Have a little faith in your ability to sort the wheat from the chaff, and go easy on the ridiculous notion that we need some paternal overlord to protect us from the big bad wolf. It’s just lame. Trumps an idiot, let him be idiotic! Better out than in. The scorn on the Muskman too? Someone that had the cahunas to take on the thought police and stir the hornets nest. Reckon he’s a legend, he doesn’t have to put himself through all this either.

“I disagree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”

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Oh hell. Is he going to reinstate Trump's account?

already has, but because of Trumps conditions on Truth Social hes limited in what he can post until around June next year, or when Truth social goes bankrupt, which it currently is on course to do

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Musk will turn Twitter into a cesspool

let him good riddance

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Hashtag Stay @Work.

hoes mad.

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Enough with banning people for absolutely no other reason than being polite and speaking the truth.

only the truth if its got evidence to back it,

opinions and lies arent the truth no matter how much you repeat them, its only the gullible that believe otherwise.

notice how none of the main offenders have ever repeated their opinions or lies in court under oath, you can say whatever you want in public as long as it doesnt defame a company or individual.

make false or misleading statements in court gets you in a whole lot of trouble, the 1st amenedend doesnt save you in court LOL

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Jared Taylor

racist white supremacist nutjob

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Bob Fosse you believe these crackpot American,such as Mike Lindell ,he will get his day in court,not for the reason,he want

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already has, but because of Trumps conditions on Truth Social hes limited in what he can post until around June next year, or when Truth social goes bankrupt, which it currently is on course to do

thanks for that! I didn't know!

Jared Taylor

racist white supremacist nutjob

Yup

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New Twitter owner Elon Musk said Thursday that he is granting "amnesty” for suspended accounts, which online safety experts predict will spur a rise in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.

Hey, what a change - the far-right cabal is all cheering "amnesty". Next thing you know they'll be cheering "pro-choice" and "CRT".... LOL...

The Kremlin and Beijing info warriors are all cheering too.....they can ramp up their manipulation of the US far-right by stoking more outrage and division...

Putin and Xi thank you Elon...

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Attempting to remove opinions because you don't like what they say is wrong. If anything give them the rope to hang themselves publicly.

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is all cheering "amnesty". 

Yeah words have several (D)ifferent meanings don’t they?

amazing.

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Musk said he would still ban Alex Jones.

Maybe Musk/Twitter will need to be sued for slander and fake information posted by its users.

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Libel. Slander is speech, libel is written.

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On Oct. 28, the day after he took control, Musk tweeted that no suspended accounts would be reinstated until Twitter formed a “content moderation council” with diverse viewpoints that would consider the cases.On Tuesday, he said he was reneging on that promise because he’d agreed to at the insistence of “a large coalition of political-social activists groups” who later ”broke the deal” by urging that advertisers at least temporarily stop giving Twitter their business.

The only real skill Musk seems to have is his unique ability to destroy the irony meter on a daily basis. He buys a communication company to promote free speech and diverse viewpoints, only to fire the staff supporting his company because he didn't like what was being said about him publicly.

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He actually seems like he's sticking to American First Amendment free speech principles... good for him

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only to fire the staff supporting his company because he didn't like what was being said about him publicly.

Except that not being why they were fired?

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Some Twitter staff were fired because Musk did not like what they said.

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Musk ignores good sense by allowing accounts that post clear lies, hurtful slander, harass others, and worst of all one who incites violent insurrection to destroy democracy and caused the deaths of others in the USA. Musk has shown the world he is a champion for anarchy and extremely poor social judgement.

Twitter should be shut down until musk sells his controlling share as he is clearly not fit to run a world wide social platform. The man is, in this circumstance at least, a dangerous and unstable individual lacking basic good sense.

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My Twitter account is still locked after I told some LGBTI activist who complained about his treatment after wearing a rainbow-colored shirt into a World Cup game that he should have been executed...

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He's upsetting all the right people..... or should that be left :-)

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is all cheering "amnesty". 

Yeah words have several (D)ifferent meanings don’t they?

Seems the far-right is coopting lots of "Lib" words...you know, like "my body, my choice"...

amazing.

Hilarious...

Let's all cheer the far-right cheering "amnesty"....ROFL...

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LOL! Isnt he dead already? Gonna need some extra extra extra magic pixie dust to make that hapen arent'cha?

finally richToday

We want Jared Taylor back!

Enough with banning people for absolutely no other reason than being polite and speaking the truth.

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So many comments ! So confusing ! Do all commenters understand their own comments? I do not understand anything and, everything that is going on ! Does Elon Musk know what he is doing with his 2 tons of gold? It is all so confusing ! And I am not stupid. I have an IQ of 125.

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I'm old enough to remember when all the complainers said of the bans "It's a private business; they can do what they want with their own platform."

Just sayin'

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LOL! Isnt he dead already? Gonna need some extra extra extra magic pixie dust to make that hapen arent'cha?

Met him and one of his daughters just last year. You couldnt give him 50.

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My Twitter account is still locked after I told some LGBTI activist who complained about his treatment after wearing a rainbow-colored shirt into a World Cup game that he should have been executed...

To be fair, that is childish trash.

Teenager in a basement watching ‘Louder with Crowder’ level.

Reminds me of my bartender days dealing with underage drinkers.

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I'm old enough to remember when all the complainers said of the bans "It's a private business; they can do what they want with their own platform

just sayin

True.

Musk can let a lot of the trash back on but it will lower the tone.

I’m not sure that’s a clever business move but we’ll see.

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It's a private business; they can do what they want with their own platform."

Followed by “and if you don’t like it build your own”.

Yes you will be fired if you talk bad about your boss after he becomes your boss. You also might get fired if he remembers or sees something you said before he became your boss.

real life 101.

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Why stay on Twitter unless you want to give the Musk the satisfaction that he owns you?

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He fired content moderators.

Blasphemy!

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Yeah the content moderators that were censoring/banning one side and not the other.

hmmm….

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Ohhh, I will have my 40 suspended accounts back !! ..

Who cares, don't need them, keep destroying Twitter...

Elonald..

lol..

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Leftists are so terrified of just an even playing field.

might have to defend a position or see an “inconvenient” fact.

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Of course he is. Twitter is dying. Awaiting the final tweet just before the bird kicks the bucket for good.

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Twitter has Avian Flu.

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On Twitter going forward you can be certain that all your personal data will be monetized to the full extent possible, and possibly given for free to whatever companies, governments, or power brokers that Musk approves of. Everyone is familiar with consumer monitoring - the next big market will be micro managed political and speech monitoring. Do you think the FTC will protect you? Earlier this month -

In a letter to Federal Trade Commission (FTC) Chair Lina Khan, Senators Kevin Cramer (R-ND), Cynthia Lummis (R-WY), and Marco Rubio (R-FL), urged the agency to back off its proposed rule-making process on commercial surveillance and data security.

Musk would ignore the FTC to the bitter end anyway - but for at least the next two years the house majority will be backing him up to boot. Musk has clearly stated on Twitter that he thinks Ukraine should forfeit Eastern Ukraine to Russia, and that Taiwan should become an administrative region of China. Keep that in mind when he says "free speech for all" - it just means Twitter users are donating their speech for free, so that it can be used for whatever monetary or political purposes Musk sees fit. If you want to help Musk then please use and support Twitter - I respect your freedom to choose to do that. Otherwise if you use Twitter for the purpose of political expression you are just betraying whatever it is you thought you were promoting - and possibly too wrapped up in the fog of viral social media dopamine to think clearly.
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Leftists are so terrified of just an even playing field. 

might have to defend a position or see an “inconvenient” fact

You mean like stolen elections?

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