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Twitter content moderation sparks controversy after Elon Musk’s acquisition


Tech billionaire Elon Musk acquired Twitter last Thursday, but his transition to the top of the company is already affecting the platform. After the news that the deal had been completed, and that he had begun to purge some of the company’s executives, some groups chose to test Twitter’s moderation rules.

The Washington Post also reported that “racist insults were widely disseminated overnight”, in the hours immediately following Musk’s Twitter takeover.

Institute said Network Infection Research Institute (NCRI) It is a non-profit organization that studies misinformation on social platforms Engadget.

The group said: “Evidence suggests that bad actors are trying to test the limits ofTwitter“.

As indicated by the post And the National Council of Resistance Much of this seems to be organized on platforms like 4chan And the The Donald where users encourage each other to spread hate.

At the moment, it is not clear how widespread these efforts will be.

As with previous campaigns, a small group of trolls can have a huge impact, especially in a time of turmoil for the company.

Musk, who took over temporarily, said, according to BloombergThe CEO’s duties include that he will not reinstate any banned accounts or make “major” changes to the company’s content policies so that he can serve as a “content editing board with broadly diverse views.”

Musk previously said he wants to get rid of the permanent ban on the platform.

Notably, the sharp rise in racial slurs comes a day after Musk appealed to advertisers on Twitter, saying he did not want to turn the platform into a “free-for-all arena where anything can be said without consequences.”“.

But the increase in hate speech has further fueled concerns that Twitter’s years-long efforts to clean up its platforms could be reversed under Musk.

Indeed, he has fired the company’s chief policy officer, Vijaya Gade, who played a central role in shaping the company’s content rules.

This is worrisome, says Paul Barrett, deputy director of the Stern Center for Business and Human Rights at New York University.

“The danger here is that in the name of ‘freedom of speech,’ the holder will turn back the clock and make Twitter a more effective engine of hate, division, and disinformation about elections, public health policy, and international affairs,” Barrett said.

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