The CEO of Twitter said no decision had been made on former President Trump’s account.
Twitter will reinstate the accounts of Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and the satirical website Babylon Bee, CEO Elon Musk announced Friday.
The billionaire also said no decision had been made to block former President Donald Trump’s account and suggested he had no plans to reinstate conservative radio host Alex Jones.
“Kathy Griffin, Jorden (sic) Peterson and Babylon Bee have been reinstated. Trump’s decision is pending,” Musk tweeted.
The accounts of Peterson and Babylon Bee were suspended prior to Musk’s rise to power for jokes that made fun of transgender people, and Griffin was banned for impersonating Musk on a social media site earlier this month.
Peterson tweeted: “I’m back. Thank you @elonmusk” along with a photo of The Shining’s Jack Nicholson following the statement, adding a short video in which he said, “Get up you moralists awake. cancels who.”
Babylon Bee tweeted: “We are back. Let it soak in.”
Griffin had not yet tweeted as of Friday afternoon, but retweeted Musk on Instagram, replying, “Dear Eilon. You screwed up, fool. I go down to my basement of heads. Beheaded.”
Musk, who once called himself a “free speech absolutist,” tweeted Friday that the company’s new policy is “free speech, not freedom of reach.”
He explained that hateful and negative tweets will be “removed and demonetized as much as possible on the site, so no ads or other revenue for Twitter.”
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Musk said the tweets won’t be found without special searches, “which is no different from the rest of the internet.”
When a Twitter user suggested to Musk “Bring back Alex Jones!!!” after the CEO asked what the platform should “do next,” Musk simply replied, “No.”
Musk did not elaborate on which tweets the company considers “hateful” or “negative” or what features led to decisions to reinstate certain accounts.
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The CEO of Tesla and SpaceX took over the platform late last month and made a number of changes, including laying off thousands of employees, saying Twitter was losing $4 million a day.
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