Elon Musk Says Decision on Reinstating Trump Not Yet Made


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Elon Musk

shared new details of Twitter Inc.’s freedom of speech policies on Friday, saying that negative and hate tweets wouldn’t be prominently shown and “demonetized.” He also said that a decision on reinstating the account of former President

Donald Trump

hadn’t yet been made.

“New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach,” Mr. Musk tweeted Friday as he laid out broad details of the approach. 

Tweets that contained what he called “negative” or “hate” content wouldn’t be broadly shared on the platform and Twitter wouldn’t have advertising or other revenue opportunities placed near them. 

“You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet,” Mr. Musk tweeted. 

Shortly after taking over the social-media company, Mr. Musk said Twitter would be forming a content moderation council “with widely diverse viewpoints.” He said no major content decisions or account reinstatements would occur before the council convened. Mr. Musk hasn’t publicly said whether the council had met or been established. 

Mr. Musk has described himself as a free-speech absolutist and said Twitter generally should intervene only to comply with local laws. He has also complained that some of Twitter’s most high-profile users were no longer using the platform.

Mr. Musk had said in May, weeks after agreeing to buy Twitter, that he disagreed with the ban on Mr. Trump and would restore his account access. He called the ban “a mistake because it alienated a large part of the country, and did not ultimately result in Donald Trump not having a voice,” while also arguing it undermined trust in Twitter. 

“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands,” the former president said on his social-media platform late last month. Mr. Trump said Twitter would be smaller, but better after Mr. Musk’s takeover. 

On Friday, Mr. Musk said the decision on restoring the account hadn’t been made, while also announcing that some others users with suspended accounts have been reinstated, including comedian

Kathy Griffin,

Canadian media personality and psychologist

Jordan Peterson

and the Babylon Bee, a satirical conservative news site.

In a tweet, Mr. Musk rejected the idea of reinstating the account of internet broadcaster

Alex Jones,

who has been found guilty in court for making defamatory claims that the Sandy Hook school massacre was a hoax. Mr. Jones didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Write to Meghan Bobrowsky at [email protected]

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