What will Elon Musk do?
The Billionaire CEO of Tesla
( need to make a decision on the very topical topic of content policy on Twitter TSLA) (. TWTR)
The entrepreneur completed the acquisition of the microblogging site on October 27. And since then, the world has been waiting to see if he will make a radical break with his predecessors. The latter had to tighten their content management policies under pressure from minority advocacy associations who felt that the platform, like other social networks, had become a repository of disinformation, misinformation, and racist, anti-Semitic and hate speech.
Twitter had also become the bastion of conspiracy theorists.
But after the events of January 6, 2021 on Capitol Hill, the company had completely overhauled its practices and hardened what types of posts or tweets were now acceptable. In addition, the social network had permanently banned many accounts, including those of former President Donald Trump and members of the racist and extremist movement QAnon.
Musk has always presented himself as a “freedom of speech absolutist,” explaining that one of the reasons he wanted to take over Twitter was to defend free speech.
As a result, in addition to associations and personalities close to Democrats, many advertisers fear that his Twitter will tolerate hate speech in the name of free speech. But the billionaire promised advertisers on Oct. 27 that won’t be the case.
“Twitter, of course, cannot become a free hell, where everything can be said without consequences!” He wrote.
Musk also announced the creation of a council that will investigate what to do with banned accounts like Trump’s, and decide what posts are acceptable on the platform.
“There will be no major content decisions or account recovery before that council meets,” he insisted.
He just doubled up and it won’t please the judge who hoped he would unlock a lot of blocked accounts pretty soon. Musk has just indicated that a decision on how to reactivate the accounts will not be made until “a few more weeks.”
“Twitter will not allow anyone who has been removed from the platform for violating Twitter rules back on the platform until we have a clear process to do so, which will take at least a few more weeks,” he announced on Nov. at.
Musk doesn’t say exactly how many weeks. But this clearly suggests it won’t be before the November 8 midterm elections.
It is a disappointment to the right who hoped he would make a decision fairly soon.
“If I got a dollar for every time someone asked me if Trump is coming back on this platform, Twitter would make money!” the billionaire posted on October 31.
In the meantime, the billionaire has given details about the composition of the council that will establish moderation policies.
Rise in racist posts
“Twitter’s content moderation board will include representatives from widely differing views, including certainly the civil rights community and groups dealing with hate-fuelled violence,” he said on Nov. 2.
He revealed that he had met leaders of civil rights and minority groups.
“Spoken with civil society leaders @JGreenblattADL, @YaelEisenstat, @rashadrobinson, @JGo4Justice, @normanlschen, @DerrickNAACP, @TheBushCenter Ken Hersch & @SindyBenavides about how Twitter will continue to fight hate and harassment and enforce its election,” Musk Integrity Policy said.
These announcements from Musk come at a time when associations have indicated that racist comments have flared up on Twitter since Musk took ownership.
The number of trolls using the N-word on Twitter rose 500% within 12 hours of the $44 billion deal closing, according to a report by the Network Contagion Research Institute, a group that researches social media content to identify threats that could arise .
However, Twitter has made it clear that these racist and hateful comments come from unverified accounts, aka bots.
“Nearly all of these accounts are not authentic,” said Yoel Roth, Twitter’s Head of Safety & Integrity. “We have taken action to ban the users involved in this trolling campaign – and will continue to work in the coming days to address this to make Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.”