Elon Musk announced on Wednesday that people banned from Twitter will not be able to return until the social network establishes a procedure to do sowhich will take at least several weeks.
This means that those expelled from the platform for violating Twitter’s rules regarding harassment, violence or the spread of misinformation – about the elections, COVID and other topics – will not be able to return before the US legislative elections next Tuesday.
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The announcement comes after Musk, who assumed control of Twitter after buying it for $44 billiontweeted that he had met with civil society leaders “about how Twitter will continue to combat hate and harassment and how it will enforce its electoral integrity standards.”
Those who attended Tuesday’s meeting asked Musk not to allow banned users to return before the election, said Jessica Gonzalez, a lawyer and co-director of the Free Press activist group who attended the meeting.
Attendees — including leaders from the NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League and Color of Change — also demanded that Twitter have a transparent process for restoring banned user accounts.
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Gonzalez said meeting attendees also called for Twitter to enforce existing rules on electoral integrity, and encouraged Musk to listen to the views of a diverse group of people, particularly racial minorities who have been victims of hate campaigns and harassment. .
“He agreed to all those things during the meeting, but actions speak louder than words,” Gonzalez said. “I have had many meetings with CEOs of tech companies, and received many empty promises. And with Elon Musk in particular, he has been contradictory, saying one thing one day and another the next. So it is our full intention to demand that you deliver on his promises and more.”
The NAACPfor its part, said in a statement that it raised concerns with Musk about “the dangerous and threatening hate speech and conspiracy theories that have proliferated on Twitter” just days after its recent acquisition.
The organization cited a report that hate speech spiked in the hours following the Musk takeover, saying the refusal to take action “will put human lives at risk and further destroy our democracy.” It recommended that any account that spreads misinformation about the elections not have access to the platform.
(With information from AP)