Elon Musk is changing the bird.
On Friday, Nov. 18, the Twitter owner announced that "negative/hate tweets" would no longer be welcome on the site, but they won't be deleted either.
"New Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach. Negative/hate tweets will be max deboosted & demonetized, so no ads or other revenue to Twitter," he tweeted. "You won't find the tweet unless you specifically seek it out, which is no different from rest of Internet."
In continuing, he added, "Note, this applies just to the individual tweet, not the whole account."
Elon then decided it was time to let a few people out of Twitter jail, including Kathy Griffin, who banned from the social media site in early November for making fun of the Tesla founder. Author Jordan Peterson and conservative parody outlet The Babylon Bee were also reinstated.
Naturally, many people wondered what constituted a negative tweet, but few questions were answered. While letting Kathy and other free, the SpaceX CEO said a decision as to whether to let former President Donald Trump back on Twitter "has not yet been made."
Trump was permanently banned on the site following the deadly January 6, 2021, riot at the Capitol, as then-Twitter executives cited "the risk of further incitement of violence." At the time, Elon, who didn't own the company yet, stated that Trump should not have been banned, calling it a "mistake."
"Free speech is the bedrock of a functioning democracy, and Twitter is the digital town square where matters vital to the future of humanity are debated," he said upon purchasing the platform earlier this year. "I also want to make Twitter better than ever by enhancing the product with new features, making the algorithms open source to increase trust, defeating the spam bots, and authenticating all humans."
However, while Elon decides on Trump's Twitter future, he has made up his mind on another prominent republican figurehead. After a user implored the Chief Twit to reinstate conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, Elon simply wrote, "No."