Billionaire Elon Musk’s recently-purchased Twitter has ended enforcement of its controversial, subjectively-enforced policy of censoring and suspending accounts posting COVID-19 comments and claims.
“Effective November 23, 2022, Twitter is no longer enforcing the COVID-19 misleading information policy,” Twitter declares on its “Transparency” page.
In September 2022, the amount of posted content removed plummeted to 602, down from 4,352 the previous month (August 2022), according a timeline chart posted on Twitter’s website.
Likewise, the number of accounts suspended dropped from about eleven hundred in August to just 173 in September.
Monthly content removed peaked at 7,186 in January of 2021, while the monthly number of account suspensions hit its high of twenty-two hundred in January of 2022.
Prior to Musk’s acquisition of Twitter, and his subsequent promise to open it up to free speech, the behemoth social media platform had come under fire for punishing accounts for posting content that challenged liberal claims, mandates, shutdowns and policies regarding the coronavirus pandemic.
In April, when Musk joined Twitter’s board of directors after purchasing a 9.2% stake in the company, physician and Senator Rand Paul (R-Ky.), who has led the charge to refute false COVID narratives promoted by the Biden Administration, expressed optimism that Musk’s commitment to free speech would improve the platform.
"We've already seen some on the left wigging out and saying they are leaving Twitter if Elon Musk is coming. I say, good riddance. If the left-wing crazies trying to censor speech leave Twitter, then it'll be a better place," Paul told Fox News Channel’s Sandra Smith.