In a Tweet on Friday, Tesla’s CEO, Elon Musk, announced that Twitter has reinstated some previously banned accounts, including those belonging to controversial comedian Kathy Griffin, public speaker Jordan Peterson, and satire website, The Babylon Bee.
He added that no decision yet been made regarding the Twitter account of Former US President and 2025 Presidential Candidate, Donald Trump. Musk, who acquired Twitter in a $44 billion deal, also talked about the company’s new content moderation policy, which seems to guarantee “freedom of speech” but not “freedom of reach.”
The billionaire said that all negative and hate Tweets will be “max deboosted and demonetized,” which means they might not be visible to users in their feed and will not receive any attention of promotion on the platform. He added that you won’t be able to find such Tweets unless you search for them specifically.
Kathie Griffin, Jorden Peterson & Babylon Bee have been reinstated.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 18, 2022
Trump decision has not yet been made.
Musk, who is a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist”, has announced the formation of a “Content Moderation Council” that will decide on matters such as account bans and instatements, though it is not clear whether this has already been instituted and played a part in the restoration of the three prominent Twitter accounts.