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Twitter | Suspended accounts won’t be reinstated for weeks, says Musk



(San Francisco) Elon Musk, new owner of Twitter, assured on Wednesday that the accounts that had been suspended from the social network would not be restored for “a few weeks”, an important decision a few days before the midterm elections in the United States .

“Twitter will not allow anyone who has been removed from the platform for breaking its rules to re-enter until we have a clear process to do so, which will take at least a few more weeks,” the whimsical tweeted. billionaire.

He then recalled his plan to form a content moderation council, made up of “representatives with very divergent opinions, which will certainly include the civil rights community and groups confronting hate-motivated violence”.

Mr Musk’s commitment means in particular that former US President Donald Trump will not be back on Twitter until the midterm elections next Tuesday.

Mr. Trump was ousted from the platform shortly after the Capitol stormed in January 2021, accused of calling on his supporters to violence.

The former Republican president has since claimed that he would never return to Twitter after launching his own social network, Truth Social, to the still confidential audience. Many believe, however, that Donald Trump would hardly resist the urge to return to Twitter, where he had more than 80 million subscribers before being banned.

Asked about this permanent suspension, Mr. Musk had considered in May that it was a “morally bad and senseless decision in the extreme”.

Since acquiring Twitter, Elon Musk has drawn the ire of several organizations and personalities who are worried about a relaxation of the moderation policy, leaving the voice to the most extremist speeches.

A collective of nearly 50 associations for the defense of democracy, the fight against disinformation, or even media observation, sent an open letter to the 20 largest advertisers on Twitter, warning them that Elon Musk’s promises to a platform that would remain “warm and welcoming to all”, did “not at all accurately represent his plans for Twitter”.

Calling on Coca-Cola, Google and Disney in particular, the coalition urges these large groups to inform Elon Musk that they will cease all advertising on Twitter on a global scale if he implements his project “aiming to undermine the security of brand and community standards, including waiving content moderation.”

In a tweet overnight from Tuesday to Wednesday, Elon Musk said he had discussed with several heads of minority rights groups “how Twitter would continue to fight hate and harassment, and enforce its policy on ‘election integrity’.

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