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(LifeSiteNews) – Comments by Elon Musk about Twitter’s continued “election integrity” activities and review of de-platformings have led some conservatives to fear the new owner is being swayed from his original plans to preserve free speech.

On Tuesday, Musk mentioned having met with a number of representatives for left-leaning identity groups including NAACP, the Anti-Defamation League, Color of Change, and the George W. Bush Presidential Center “about how Twitter will continue to combat hate & harassment & enforce its election integrity policies.”

He also mentioned that no decisions on restoring accounts that had previously been banned, such as former President Donald Trump, would be made “until we have a clear process for doing so, which will take at least a few more weeks.”

Musk has previously indicated that this process will be guided by a “content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” but ultimately “anyone” suspended for “minor & dubious reasons” would have their accounts restored.

Musk’s tweets prompted numerous reactions from conservatives warning him about the biases of those he met with as well as urging him to take a quicker, more aggressive approach to replatforming the casualties of the previous management.

Others, however, continued to express optimism, while noting that Musk will ultimately have to confront the discrepancy between his stated vision for the platform and the designs of individuals still within and influencing the company:

In a more favorable development for Twitter’s conservative critics, many have begun to notice fact-checks accompanying claims made by President Joe Biden on the platform, something previously unheard of:

The remarks come shortly after Musk published a May 2022 text from Twitter Safety and Integrity chief Yoel Roth suggesting that the Objectives & Key Results from an employee named Amir “are entirely based on fraudulent metrics and he doesn’t care and may actively be trying to hide the ball […] Literally doing what Elon is accusing us of doing.”

Twitter first announced the $44 billion sale in April, weeks after Musk, a vocal critic of speech discrimination by digital platforms, revealed his intentions to buy the platform, eliciting a wave of hyperbolic reactions from left-wing users. In the following weeks, however, the Tesla and SpaceX chief began making moves to pull out of the deal, claiming that bot accounts inflated the count of Twitter’s actual user base and, by extension, its worth.

The deal eventually went through, and Musk swiftly fired top executives including now former-CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and legal policy & Trust and Safety chief Vijaya Gadde, all of whom were involved in the company’s discrimination against conservative users. On Monday, Musk dissolved the company’s 9-member board of directors.

Among Musk’s reported plans to reform Twitter are a more neutral and hands-off approach to user speech, a crackdown on spam and bot accounts, and making its algorithm public in the interest of transparency, all of which threatens the left-slanted content moderation policies for which the social network has become so controversial.

Conservatives hope that Musk will continue to publish previously-hidden internal communications that shed light on a wide range of questions, including censorship decisions and coordination with the federal government.

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