Twitter reinstates banned users Griffin, Peterson; initiates poll on Trump’s return – Musk

Elon Musk and Donald Trump

Elon Musk said on Friday that Twitter has reinstated the accounts of American comedian Kathy Griffin and scholar Jordan Peterson, adding that a decision about the account of former U.S. President Donald Trump has not yet been made.

Musk confirmed the decision in a tweet, adding that the account of satirical website Babylon Bee has also been reinstated.

Musk announced in May that he would lift Twitter’s ban on Trump, whose account had been suspended following the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year.

Earlier this month, the CEO of Tesla Inc warned that accounts that impersonate another person on Twitter without clearly designating it as a “parody” account will be immediately and permanently suspended.

Griffin’s account was blocked earlier this month after the American comedian changed her identity to Elon Musk. Later, the hashtag #FreeKathy began trending on Twitter.

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As fraudulent accounts proliferated, Twitter also temporarily halted its recently launched $8 blue check membership program last Friday.

The phony accounts, which claimed to represent well-known companies, included those of Musk’s SpaceX and Tesla as well as Roblox, Nestle, and Lockheed Martin.

Twitter poll on Trump’s return

On Friday night, Elon Musk published a poll on Twitter asking people to vote on whether former US President Donald Trump should be allowed back on the platform after being suspended by its previous owners.


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