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Musk Refuses to Ban Russian Officials on Twitter

Since Elon Musk acquired Twitter last year, he has made a commitment to turning it into a platform for free speech. As an illustration, he recently refrained from blocking Russian government officials on Twitter in response to calls to do so, particularly for blocking Dmitry Medvedev, the deputy chair of the Russian Federation’s Security Council.

In contrast to Russian President Putin, who is not highly active on social media, Medvedev is renowned for posting venomous remarks and retaliating against detractors. On April 8, Medvedev posted a tweet criticizing Ukraine that ignited Twitter.

Millions of people saw the tweet, which infuriated pro-Ukrainian and anti-Russian forces who urged Musk to ban Medvedev. Why does Twitter allow “genocidal” accounts, a Canadian lady questioned. 

Some questioned why Medvedev, who is subject to American sanctions, was permitted to pay Twitter, an American firm, for keeping a verified account.

Elon Musk, meanwhile, rejected the suggestions that Medvedev or other Russian leaders be censored or banned. “Let people make decisions for themselves.” he said.

Twitter, a left-leaning platform, restricted access to hundreds of Russian accounts in April of last year when Moscow began its military campaign against Ukraine in the Donbas.

In the aftermath of the significant January 6 demonstration over concerns about election integrity, which the left referred to as “insurrection,” Twitter had already banned numerous conservative Americans, including President Trump, a year earlier.

As part of its policy against suspected “disinformation” on the site, Twitter enforced these bans. The same strategy forbade criticism of immunizations, conventional medical procedures, and independent journalists from covering controversial topics.

After Elon Musk acquired Twitter and completed the transaction in October 2022, everything changed. After firing the primary management team responsible for the censorship, the site began reinstating blocked accounts. The most recent step toward regaining Twitter’s free speech status is removing restrictions on Russian accounts.  

Musk has been charged of permitting Russian propaganda and aiding Putin in his conflict with Ukraine because he restored the accounts of the Russian leadership, including Russian President Putin.

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