Twitter owner Elon Musk has announced that he intends to reactivate accounts banned from the SMS service next week. Previously, it had made users vote on whether there should be a “general amnesty” for banned accounts if they didn’t break the law or post spam messages. The majority of participating users spoke in favor of reactivation.
“People have spoken. Pardons start next week,” Musk wrote on Twitter Thursday night. Such surveys are not representative. It is unclear if and how many votes were cast from automated accounts. According to the latest information, the service has more than 230 million daily active users. More than 3.1 million votes had been received by polling closing Thursday evening. More than 72 percent of them supported the activation of banned accounts.
Trump is back
Musk announced in late October that a council would be formed on how to handle controversial content before Twitter accounts could be reactivated. Last week, after surveying users, the tech billionaire activated former US President Donald Trump’s account without commission. Trump has been banned from Twitter since January 2021. On January 6, he expressed sympathy for his supporters who stormed the US Parliament.
Musk bought Twitter for about $44 billion at the end of October. Since the acquisition, the company has been struggling with, among other things, the reluctance of large advertising clients. Advertising revenue recently made up about 90 percent of revenue.
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