We’ve been reporting on how Elon Musk has been cleaning up Twitter. He just made another move that goes a long way to do that.
It was just announced that Musk has disbanded the “Trust and Safety Council.”
In an email to the council’s members, it was explained that as “Twitter moves into a new phase, we are reevaluating how best to bring external insights into our product and policy development work. As part of this process, we have decided that the Trust and Safety Council is not the best structure to do this.”
The message also thanked the council’s members for their “engagement, advice, and collaboration in recent years” but explained that under Musk, “work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before.”
Twitter’s notice to its Trust and Safety Council added that members’ “ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal” would still be welcome and that Twitter will “continue to explore opportunities to provide focussed and timely input” on its work, just in other less-direct forms.
The Council was comprised of about 100 people — volunteers including activists and “independent experts” from various human rights and other organizations from around the world — who weigh in on “safety, products, programs, and rules.”
Three guesses as to what politics most of those folks espoused and how that might have influenced the content moderation and the rules. Is it any wonder that conservatives were suppressed and silenced?
As we previously reported, three of the members of that council threw a tantrum and quit last week, because they were unhappy with the changes that Musk was bringing. Musk called them out for not doing enough to deal with child sexual exploitation (CSE) on the platform.
Musk said almost no one had been working on child safety which he was making his number one priority.
No, it is not.
When Ella Irwin, who now runs Trust & Safety, joined Twitter earlier this year, almost no one was working on child safety.
She raised this with Ned & Parag, but they rejected her staffing request.
I made it top priority immediately.@ellagirwin
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 9, 2022
Now, under Musk, CSE accounts are suspended directly.
The former head of Trust and Safety, Yoel Roth, (an employee and not a volunteer) had already had a parting of ways with Musk and left in mid-November. He had a history of leftist posts on Twitter as well, was involved in the suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story, and had other questionable posts on the site.
It seems that Musk is trying to do a complete rebooting to clear out any of the old folks, under which not only did an anti-conservative bias thrive, but you had all kinds of other operational problems, even possible foreign agents working on the platform. One can only imagine that this will improve things.
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