An organized trolling marketing campaign tweeting slurs tens of hundreds of instances examined Twitter’s moderation insurance policies after the platform was taken over by billionaire Elon Musk, its security chief mentioned Saturday, including that the foundations “have not modified.”
Hours after the takeover by self-declared “free speech absolutist” Musk late Thursday, far-right voices celebrated what they mentioned was their newly-reclaimed proper to free speech with posts questioning transgender identification and masks, racial slurs and different derogatory phrases.
However “Twitter’s insurance policies have not modified. Hateful conduct has no place right here. And we’re taking steps to place a cease to an organized effort to make individuals assume we have now,” tweeted the platform’s chief of security and integrity, Yoel Roth.
Roth mentioned that during the last 48 hours “we have seen a small variety of accounts publish a ton of Tweets that embody slurs and different derogatory phrases.”
“To present you a way of scale: Greater than 50,000 Tweets repeatedly utilizing a specific slur got here from simply 300 accounts,” he continued.
“Practically all” of the accounts are inauthentic, he mentioned.
“We have taken motion to ban the customers concerned on this trolling marketing campaign – and are going to proceed working to deal with this within the days to come back to make Twitter protected and welcoming for everybody.”
Roth additionally retweeted a Musk publish during which the Tesla chief reiterated that “we have now not but made any modifications to Twitter’s content material moderation insurance policies.”
It’s the “but” that’s making most of the platform’s customers nervous in regards to the course during which Musk needs to take Twitter, one of many main platforms for international discourse and diplomacy.
Musk has vowed to dial again content material moderation, relying extra on laptop algorithms than human screens. Conservatives say previous moderation has unfairly focused their views.
However detractors warn that with out requirements, the world’s “digital city sq.” is vulnerable to changing into a free-for-all of misinformation, with presumably perilous penalties for democracy and public well being.
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