Twitter disables two major right-wing accounts
Twitter has re-suspended the accounts of two famous conservative individuals, My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell and Dr Vladimir “Zev” Zelenko, in the wake of Elon Musk’s free speech statement.
According to The Verge, the microblogging network permanently terminated their accounts shortly after they reactivated their accounts by creating new Twitter handles, for breaking platform rules against avoiding bans.
Last year, Lindell was banned, and Zelenko will be banned in 2020.
Lindell was initially suspended for breaking Twitter’s election misinformation policy.
Zelenko was banned for breaking platform manipulation and spam policies by promoting an unproven Covid-19 therapy.
Musk, who has made a successful $44 billion offer to acquire Twitter, has pushed for more free speech and less content filtering.
The world’s richest man first showed his support for former US president Donald Trump’s social networking software ‘Truth Social’ by tweeting its App Store ranking.
Later, he openly chastised Twitter’s legal chief, Vijaya Gadde, for suspending The New York Post’s account, which had published an exclusive story on Hunter Biden’s laptop.
Musk has long advocated for free expression on the platform, which has caused concern among some users who fear the website will be left unregulated.
If Twitter wants to maintain public trust, the billionaire previously stated that company must remain politically neutral.