In response to a question, Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter, said that the company would change its policy regarding account access. The policy was criticized after US Senator Steve Daines of Montana lost his account after he altered his profile photo.
According to a notice shared by Daines' spokesperson Rachel Dumke, the picture violated Twitter's rules against "graphic or adult content." The company noted that it considers violent media, such as videos and images related to death, to be gory. He was then told to remove the picture from his account to regain access.
Due to the backlash, Musk noted that the company would change its policy. Some of the prominent individuals who criticized the policy included congressmen Ryan Zinke of Montana and Ted Cruz of Texas.
"He noted that the policy would be changed so that people would not be forced to view gruesome content on their profile photos."
In the picture, which was taken by Daines' wife, the antelope appeared to have minimal blood. There were no weapons or firearms in the picture.
In a separate post, Musk noted that Twitter would begin accepting different values going forward. He said that the company would not try to impose its own specific principles on the world.
Last year, Musk acquired Twitter for about $44 billion. He stated that he wanted to restore the platform's freedom of expression.
In an interview with advertisers, Musk stated that he wanted Twitter to be a place where people could debate their ideas in a healthy manner. He also noted that he would not allow the platform to promote content that he considered to be extreme right and left-wing. He vowed that the company would not become a free-for-all place where users would be able to violate the law without consequences.
Some conservative accounts, such as those of Daily Wire+'s Jordan Peterson and The Babylon Bee, were restored to the platform after Musk took over. However, other censorship actions continued. For instance, the account of Project Veritas was temporarily disabled after it shared footage of a Pfizer official talking about the company's vaccines.
The company's move was triggered by a video posted by a non-profit organization, which showed a reporter confronting YouTube's vice president of safety and trust Matt Halprin.
After executives removed Donald Trump's account for allegedly participating in the January 6 riots in Washington, he was restored.
In response to the controversy, Musk stated that he was wrong to remove Donald Trump's account. He noted that it alienated a large portion of the country and that he would reverse the ban permanently. Trump, who is running for the White House again, has not yet taken over his account.
The preceding is a summary of an article that originally appeared on Daily Wire.