The boss of Tesla and SpaceX has explained on many occasions that he bought Twitter because he considers the platform to be the “digital public square” essential to democracy in the world.
Elon Musk launched a new poll on Wednesday about reinstating suspended Twitter accounts, after his latest poll led 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 outrageously? Yes/No,” he asked.
Five hours later, more than two million accounts had already spoken, largely in favor of the “yes”, up to 71%.
The new owner and CEO of Twitter has already rehabilitated on Saturday the account of former US President Donald Trump, banned from the social network after the assault 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 return of the Republican multi-billionaire, 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 surge of abuse (misinformation, hate speech) on the social network.
Many brands have already suspended ad spending, which Twitter is 90% dependent on for revenue.
Musk has also come under fire for his decisions at the helm of Twitter, from mass layoffs to the chaotic launch of new features.