Elon Musk, Twitter Inc.’s new boss and Tesla CEO, revealed on Friday that people whose accounts were suspended for “minor and dubious reasons” will be reinstated.
“Anyone suspended for minor and dubious reasons will be freed from Twitter jail,” Musk posted Friday evening. He did not disclose when suspended accounts might be reinstated.
The billionaire’s message came as a response to Mikhaila Peterson, a Canadian-born podcaster who hosts experts on her show, “The Mikhaila Peterson Podcast,” to discuss a variety of topics that are often shied away from.
“[Elon Musk,] can you bring my dad [Jordan Peterson] back on here but also somehow make sure he doesn’t spend all his time on Twitter?” Peterson asked Musk on the social media platform.
Anyone suspended for minor & dubious reasons will be freed from Twitter jail
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
Taking to Twitter, numerous conservatives and free speech advocates have asked Musk to reinstate accounts that were removed under the company’s previous leadership, which had been accused of censoring some minority and politically conservative viewpoints. Twitter always denied such claims.
Also on Friday, the SpaceX founder and self-described “free speech absolutist” said he will form a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” noting that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”
Musk also agreed that Twitter “obviously cannot become a free-for-all hellscape, where anything can be said with no consequences!”
The European Commission, meanwhile, warned Musk on Friday that he must comply with EU rules after the billionaire acquired the social media platform.
“In Europe, the bird will fly by our rules,” Thierry Breton, the EU commissioner for the internal market, wrote on Twitter, just hours after Musk posted that the “bird has been freed,” in reference to Twitter’s iconic logo.
Musk completed the acquisition of Twitter for $44 billion on Oct. 27, updating his bio as “Chief Twit.” He also fired several key names at the San Francisco-based firm, including CEO Parag Agarawal and head of legal policy Vijaya Gadde.
Gadde, notorious for being responsible for the censorship and banning practices at the company, was the person who led the charge to ban former President Donald Trump, prohibit political ads, and censor the Hunter Biden laptop story.
On Friday, Trump wished Musk the best with his acquisition of Twitter, but he didn’t say whether he would use the platform again.
“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will no longer be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs that truly hate our country,” Trump wrote on Truth Social Friday morning. “Twitter must now work hard to rid itself of all of the bots and fake accounts that have hurt it so badly. It will be much smaller, but better. I LOVE TRUTH!”
Musk’s takeover of Twitter came after months of back-and-forth between the two parties, including a lawsuit against Musk, as the Tesla CEO accused the company of hiding information about bots and automated accounts.
In a previous statement, Musk said he wants to make the social media platform “better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans.”