SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Twitter’s new owner Elon Musk said Thursday he is granting “amnesty” to suspended accounts, which Internet security experts predict will lead to an increase in harassment, hate speech and misinformation.
The billionaire’s announcement came after he asked a poll posted on his timeline for the reinstatement vote for accounts that have not “violated the law or engaged in egregious spam.” 72% voted for it.
“The people have spoken. The amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei,” Musk tweeted, using a Latin phrase that means “voice of the people, voice of God.”
Musk used the same Latin phrase after posting a similar poll last weekend before former President Donald Trump’s account recovery, who was banned by Twitter for encouraging a January 6, 2021 riot at the Capitol. Trump said he would not return to Twitter, but did not delete his account.
Such online surveys are not scientific at all and can easily be influenced by bots.