Twitter will form a content moderation board – Elon Musk

New Twitter owner Elon Musk has said people who have been banned from the social media site will not be reinstated until a review by a “content moderation board”.

Twitter staff and users have been awaiting more details from Mr Musk on his plans for the platform, amid concerns over his support for easing content moderation and overturning permanent bans on controversial accounts.

Mr Musk’s latest comment appears to mean no immediate return to Twitter for several high-profile and polarizing figures who were previously banned, including former US President Donald Trump.

Writing on Twitter, Mr Musk said: “Twitter will form a content moderation council with widely diverse views.

“No major content or account reinstatement decisions will be made until this board meets.”

Mr Musk is due to address staff at the company’s headquarters in San Francisco on Friday, after completing its high-profile $44bn (£38bn) takeover of the social media giant.

It comes after it was reported that Mr Musk is set to take on the role of chief executive of Twitter, replacing Parag Agrawal, who was one of several senior executives to be ousted at the end of the takeover, but could possibly cede the role in the longer term.

Bloomberg had reported that Tesla boss Mr. Musk intended to get rid of permanent bans on user accounts because he does not believe in lifetime bans.

This would mean that people who had previously been banned, including Mr Trump, would be allowed to return.

The stance alarmed online safety campaigners and many Twitter users, who also raised concerns about Mr Musk’s aim to allow ‘absolute freedom of speech’ on the platform .

His latest comments would suggest that the “Content Moderation Board” may have a say in making these decisions about content and account reinstatements.

On Friday, Mr Trump posted on his own Truth Social platform that he was “very happy that Twitter is now in good hands”, but did not comment on a possible comeback, instead praising his own app, which has launched after he was banned from Twitter.

And London Mayor Sadiq Khan said any decision to allow banned users back to the site would have to be taken “with incredible caution and in direct consultation with experts”, given the size and size of the site. importance of the platform in modern online life.

Mr Musk celebrated the completion of his extended takeover of the social media giant by tweeting shortly before 5am UK time on Friday: ‘the bird is free’, in reference to the bird logo from Twitter.

A filing with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission on Friday confirmed Twitter’s delisting from the New York Stock Exchange as Mr. Musk took the company private.

A US court had set Friday the deadline for the boss of Tesla and SpaceX to finalize its acquisition of the platform.

Meanwhile, many users have threatened to quit Twitter if Mr. Musk continues his plans to moderate content and restore banned accounts.

But the billionaire has made some gestures to try to calm these fears.

On Thursday, he issued a statement to Twitter advertisers, saying he was acquiring the platform because he felt it was important to have a space where “a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way.”

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