Elon Musk says Twitter restored Ye’s account without his knowledge before acquisition

Updated October 28, 2022 5:35 PM ET

On his first full day as the owner of Twitter, says Elon Musk the company will form a “content moderation board with widely diverse views.”

He also said that Twitter restored the account of Ye, the rapper formerly known as Kanye West, before completing the deal to buy the social media platform.

“They did not consult or inform me”, musk says.

The social media platform locked Ye’s account earlier this month after an anti-Semitic post that threatened Jews.

Musk says the company won’t make major decisions on the content or reinstatement of suspended accounts until after the board meeting.

NPR has reached out to Twitter for comment and will update when we have a response.

Musk has shaken up the direction of Twitter

Musk bought the company Thursday night. After taking Twitter private, Musk also fired the company’s CEO, CFO and top lawyer, signaling a new era for the social media site.

“The reason I acquired Twitter is because it’s important for the future of civilization to have a common digital public square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy way,” Musk said. wrote.

He added that Twitter would not become a “hellscape where anything can be said without consequences”.

But Musk also said he wants the platform to provide a “desired experience” based on user preferences, similar to the choices offered in movies and video games.

Many have wondered if Musk’s vision would include lifting the account ban of former President Donald Trump, who was permanently suspended after the capital’s uprising.

In an article on Truth Social on Friday, Trump wrote, “I’m very happy that Twitter is now in good hands and no longer run by crazies and maniacs from the radical left.”

Vijaya Gadde, Twitter’s top lawyer fired by Musk, played a key role in the decision to ban Trump from the platform.

Ye’s comments also attracted Meta restrictions

Ye’s Instagram account was also restricted by parent company Meta earlier this month.

Upon returning to the site on Thursday, Ye posted, “I lost $2 billion in one day and I’m still alive.”

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Donald E. Patel