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Musk has banned celebrities unblocked — but one is missing

The new head of Twitter, Elon Musk, says he has re-authorized three blocked accounts in his online network – but the profile of ex-President Donald Trump, who has been banned from Twitter, is not one of them.

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Musk has banned celebrities unblocked — but one is missing

The new head of Twitter, Elon Musk, says he has re-authorized three blocked accounts in his online network – but the profile of ex-President Donald Trump, who has been banned from Twitter, is not one of them. Musk wrote on the short message service on Friday that the accounts of comedian Kathy Griffin, psychologist Jordan Peterson and conservative parody site Babylon Bee had been "reinstated." "Trump's decision hasn't been made yet," the high-tech billionaire continued.

Musk acquired Twitter for $44 billion at the end of October. Critics fear that he could drastically limit the fight against the spread of hate speech and fake news on Twitter.

A few months ago, Musk caused a stir when he announced he wanted to end Trump's ban after a takeover of Twitter. The former US President's Twitter account was blocked after radical supporters of the President-elect attacked the Capitol on January 6, 2021.

Despite the wave of terminations on Twitter, the short message service is now experiencing record usage, according to Musk. At the same time, it was announced on Friday that many of the remaining employees no longer want to work for Twitter after an ultimatum from Musk.

Musk had previously increased the pressure on the remaining employees. The multi-billionaire gave workers just a few hours to commit to overtime or leave the company. The Silicon Valley portal "The Verge" reported that hundreds of Twitter employees would have preferred to accept the offered severance package.

Former Twitter employees expressed fears that the continued operation of Twitter was at risk. The data scientist Melissa Ingle, who was fired by Musk in the first round of layoffs, told the Technology Review portal that there was "not enough technical expertise left to keep the site running".

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