Elon Musk said Thursday that he is defining hate speech on Twitter based on definitions used by the social media giant prior to his takeover.
The new owner and CEO brought the news forth in a post about how Twitter is bringing the hammer down on so-called ‘hate speech’ after the company has received pressure from advertisers and leftists alike.
“Hate speech impressions down by 1/3 from pre-spike levels,” Musk said. “Congrats to Twitter team!”
“I have half a mind to wag my finger at the 1500 accounts that caused the spike, but I shall forebear,” he continued. “Reducing the max allowed tweets/day to a number below what a speed typist on meth could do was helpful.”
Daily Wire host Jordan Peterson asked Musk about how he defines hate speech.
“This is simply based on the same list of terms that Twitter has used for some time, so ceteris paribus,” answered Musk.
This is simply based on the same list of terms that Twitter has used for some time, so ceteris paribus
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 25, 2022
It was that day when Musk told users of the platform that he plans to grant a mass amnesty to accounts that were previously banished from Twitter.
The Tesla CEO previously posted a poll inquiring whether or not previously banned users should remain permanently suspended from the platform.
“Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?” asked Musk.
Twitter users voted overwhelmingly in favor of less censorship. Of the three million voting, 72.4%, voted “yes,” while only 27.6% voted “no.”
“The people have spoken,” Musk posted upon the poll’s conclusion. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.”
Numerous once-permanently suspended accounts have been restored since Musk’s Twitter takeover. Notable figures who have been welcomed back to the platform include Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and of course former President Trump.
Greene’s unbanning came shortly after she responded to a post by Musk informing users of Trump’s restoration, writing, “President Trump should have never been banned in the first place. Interesting it took a poll to decide to reinstate him. My personal account is still permanently banned for ‘covid misinformation.’ What does it take to reinstate my account? Freedom of speech matters.”
President Trump should have never been banned in the first place.
Interesting it took a poll to decide to reinstate him.
My personal account is still permanently banned for “covid misinformation.”
What does it take to reinstate my account?
Freedom of speech matters. pic.twitter.com/88Cf6jXRCG
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) November 20, 2022