When Elon Musk took control of Twitter, he announced that a content moderation council would be set up to oversee all “major content decisions or account reinstatements”.
Shortly after, Elon Musk reinstated former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account without any warning. While Trump has chosen to eschew Twitter in favor of his own Truth Social platform, it appears Elon Musk blatantly lied about the future of content-related decisions on Twitter.
Blame activist groups, again!
A content moderation board would be made up of “very diverse viewpoints”, but nothing we’ve seen so far represents the diversity of opinion on Twitter – whether it’s abrupt dismissals, aversion to general internal criticism and such dangerous precedents of bringing back routine offenders who were banned from Twitter earlier.
A broad coalition of political/social activist groups agreed not to try to kill Twitter by depriving us of ad revenue if I agreed to this condition.
They broke the deal.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 22, 2022
On Tuesday, Elon Musk backtracked on his content moderation policies, saying the advice was being considered as part of a deal he had with an unnamed “large coalition of political/social activist groups”. Essentially, Elon Musk is saying the council was not a decision he made, but a decision he was forced to make from anonymous parties.
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According to Musk, he deals with these groups to protect Twitter’s ad revenue. He added on Twitter that these groups “broke the deal” – and that’s exactly why a content moderation board might not materialize on Twitter. Disconcerting, right?
For a platform that produces content every second in every region of the world, Elon Musk should have taken more responsibility for the need to moderate content in a rhetorically laden environment on social media to prevent the spread of fake news and hate speech.
When Elon Musk reinstated Donald Trump based on the results of a Twitter poll, he tweeted “Vox Populi, Vox Dei” which translates to “the voice of the people is the voice of God”.
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In recent weeks, Musk has repeatedly attacked activists, saying that these activists “pressure advertisers” to “destroy free speech in America.”
While it’s easy to blame ad companies for pulling out of Twitter, Musk needs to understand that how serious Twitter’s success is depends on how well it handles issues like spoofing and fraud. content moderation.
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Clark, M. (2022, November 23). Elon Musk tries to blame ‘activists’ for lying on Twitter’s moderation board. The edge. https://www.theverge.com/2022/11/22/23474381/elon-musk-twitter-moderation-council-activist-promise