Elon Musk is the richest person in the world and just bought Twitter Inc. for US$44 billion. He claims he wants the platform to serve a higher purpose, but his actions show otherwise.
” Why We Acquired Twitter Because it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square where a wide range of beliefs can be discussed in a healthy way without resorting to violence. There is now a great danger that social media will split into far-right and far-left echo chambers, creating more hate and dividing our society,” he said.
He also promised To prevent bias and cheating from littering the site, as it has sometimes happened in the past. “Twitter has to become the most accurate source of information about our world,” he said. Twitter has pledged to form a “content moderation council” with “a wide variety of perspectives.”
But on November 19, Musk unilaterally released an old tweet from the former president containing conspiracy theories, unsubstantiated claims, inaccuracies and claims that the 2020 election was stolen as a result of widespread voter fraud. Donald Trump’s Twitter account has been reinstated. These are the tweets that Trump took from the site in January 2021 and are now public again.
Ironically, Trump turned down offers for his reinstatement, saying he would focus on posting on competing platform Truth Social. By then, he had nearly 100,000 followers.
Another interesting move is that Musk spent a lot of money to buy Twitter and take the hammer there. We laid off half of our employees on November 3, and at our first meeting with employees a week later, we told the survivors to expect an 80-hour work week, and on November 18, we laid off another large Worse, he alienated advertisers, some of whom feared he would turn the platform into a “hellscape” of abusive comments. and stopped spending.
Musk as a social media boss has little confidence. In the past, he has posted inflammatory tweets, repeated hoaxed conspiracy theories and clashed with securities officials. In 2019, he was indicted by the U.S. Securities Commission for violating the law with his tweets.last year he defendant For ignoring his pledge to have any tweets about Tesla reviewed by company lawyers. Now that he’s taken control of the platform, the concern is that he’ll use it to promote his company, his political friends, and the troubles in the countries where he does business, such as China. to protect a political regime or to criticize its competitors.
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This is why once Musk took control of Twitter, major platform regulators in the European Union quickly stepped in and posted. reminder In Europe, “birds” must “fly” according to EU regulations, Musk said.
Hopefully, North America and other jurisdictions around the world will also let Musk know that Twitter will be regulated if persecution, hate, bullying, fraud, propaganda, trolling, and defamation are allowed.
So the world of communications is waiting to see if Musk can create an ethical and wholesome social media entity. He certainly has talent. He is a duo of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford, from Tesla’s electric cars and solar power systems, to SpaceX’s rocket ships, Neuralink’s biotech implants, and The Boring Company’s ultimately conventional roads and The ability to dig tunnels in record time that could replace rail transportation systems.
However, Musk’s latest antics have turned him into a punch line, and his actions thus far have run counter to his mission statement. Social media, like traditional media, has a responsibility to provide accurate public discourse. Yoel Roth, Twitter’s former head of trust and safety, said: I have written After his recent resignation, he said: Online hygiene jobs are constant and controversial. “
If Musk won’t hold Twitter accountable to the public interest, the government should.
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