Elon Musk will begin restoring banned accounts on Twitter starting next week, a move that hints the billionaire will undo the social media platform’s policy of suspending accounts that repeatedly violated its rules.
“The people have spoken,” Musk tweeted on Thursday. “Amnesty begins next week. Vox Populi, Vox Dei.” Musk was referring to the poll on his followers where he asked if “general amnesty to suspended accounts”, could be applied for those “that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam.”
The poll which closed Thursday noon E.T., finished with 72.4% voting in favor of the proposition and 27.6% voting against. The poll garnered more than 3 million votes on Twitter.
Musk announced last week that he would restore the account of former President Donald Trump after another poll ended slightly in favor of returning his account. Trump was banned from the platform following the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
The world richest person also announced Friday that Twitter is planning to roll out its verified service next Friday with different colored checks for individuals, companies and governments
The announcement comes after an initial launch of the service led to a surge in users impersonating celebrities and brands on the platform, forcing Twitter to stop the $8-per-month service.
Musk expects this service to help Twitter grow revenue at a time when the platform is struggling to retain advertisers.