Thursday, February 9, 2023

Musk, Twitter’s chief moderator ahead of the US election

Days after his arrival on Twitter and a week before the US midterm elections, billionaire Elon Musk has installed himself as the main moderator of one of the most important social media platforms in US politics.

Musk has said that he will not make major content decisions or restore banned accounts without establishing a “content moderation board” with diverse views. But his own behavior as a skilled tweeter suggests otherwise.

The billionaire has been directly linked to figures on the political right who have called for looser restrictions, including a Republican candidate for Arizona’s secretary of state who blocked Musk after briefly suspending his account last month. Allow me to tweet again.

Musk also changed his profile to “Twitter Complaint Line Operator”, complete with a picture of himself as a child holding a phone. But it’s nearly impossible for people outside Twitter to know what impact it’s pulling or which accounts have been suspended: The company has stopped responding to questions from the press, save for a few that Musk tweets back.

Musk’s promised interventions began last week on his first day as Twitter’s boss. A conservative political commentator for an online show shared examples of the platform allegedly favoring liberals and secretly silencing conservative voices, a common criticism that was dismissed as misogynistic by Twitter’s board . “I’ll do more digging today,” Musk replied.

The matter continued when the daughter of Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson – whose provocative criticism of “politically correct” culture and feminism is popular with some right-wing activists – met Musk after a tweet about transgender actor Elliot Page. Petitioned to have the account reinstated, apparently in violation of Twitter’s rules. Rule on hateful conduct.

Musk promised, “All those suspended for trivial and questionable reasons will be released from Twitter Jail.” Months earlier, Musk had said in reference to Peterson that Twitter was “going overboard in silencing dissenting opinion.”

One of Musk’s first big moves was to address an open letter to advertisers – Twitter’s main source of revenue – urging the platform not to become a “lawless hell” while moving forward with his plans to encourage free expression on the platform. Take a pledge to Musk has asked users to pay $8 for the coveted blue check mark in order to diversify income.

The check mark is criticized on stage as a symbol of elitism. But its main purpose has been to verify that publicly viewable accounts—such as those of politicians, brands and journalists—really belong to their users. It has been a tool to prevent impersonation and stem the flow of misinformation.

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