‘Chief Twit’ Elon Musk launches poll Revive Donald Trump’s Twitter Accountmany have wondered what happened to Musk’s plan to form a “broadly diverse” content moderation council to help consider the decision to overturn Permaban. announced Meetings with Civil Rights Organizations I haven’t mentioned it since earlier this month. With Trump not tweeting, it took him four days before Musk finally provided an update on the oversight council he never formed.
In a tweet that appeared to blame activists for Twitter’s advertising problem, Musk set up a council on the condition that activists promise to stop pressuring advertisers to boycott his platform. He claimed that he had only promised to do so.
“A large coalition of political/social activist groups have agreed not to try to kill Twitter by drying up advertising revenue if I agree to this term. ‘They broke the deal.'”
Some activists who attended the meeting tweeted to confirm that they never made such a deal with Musk, while Free Press co-CEO Jessica Gonzalez named Twitter’s top 20 advertisers. Helped drive the #StopToxicTwitter coalition to pressure the platform to boycott.
“I don’t know who Musk is talking about here, but I met with him and some civil rights leaders a few weeks ago. I co-lead the #StopToxicTwitter coalition calling on advertisers to stop.” Gonzales tweeted“I never made a deal like that.”
NAACP President Derrick Johnson backed Gonzales in a tweet denying the activist made a deal with Musk.
“I would never do such a deal.” Johnson tweeted“Democracy always comes first. Decisions being made on Twitter are dangerous and speaking out against threats to our democracy is as personal as it has been since our founding. It is our duty. Hate speech and violent conspiracies have no safe harbor.”
Time of Ars previously reported During meetings with Musk and activists, it soon became clear that Gonzalez planned to continue promoting the #StopToxicTwitter campaign. Gonzalez said at the time that Musk’s promises, including the creation of a council to review content decisions, were “just the beginning of a long process” to hold Twitter accountable for maintaining standards in its community.
Johnson did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but Gonzalez told Als that Musk is using activists as scapegoats for his own poor decision-making on brand safety.
“Musk is losing advertisers because he acted irresponsibly, cut the content moderation team that helps keep brands safe, and destroyed the sales team responsible for maintaining advertiser relationships.” Gonzalez told Ars. “
Twitter closed its communications department and could not be reached for comment.