Elon Musk’s tweet after attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband bodes ill for Twitter’s future

The attack on Nancy Pelosi’s husband at their San Francisco home sparked a series of conspiracy theories. For a new social media owner, this was a first test of the spread of misinformation online in 2022, and the results were not promising.

Elon Musk, Twitter’s new Chief Twit, has decided to join the online response to violence targeting the Speaker of the House – the third highest institutional figure in the United States – by responding to a tweet from former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who highlighted how “hate and deranged conspiracy theories” emboldened the man who attacked Paul Pelosi.

In his since deleted post from October 30Musk wrote: “There is a small possibility that there is more to this story than meets the eye” and shared a link to an unfounded anti-LGBT conspiracy theory by Santa Monica Observer, a website notorious for publishing right-wing fake news who has since updated the story to say: “San Francisco Police said today that victim Pelosi and suspect Depape did not know each other prior to the attack. The SFPD has reaffirmed that the assault was a result of to a burglary.

Ever since Musk first toyed with the idea of buy the business six months ago, there was a lot of concern about content moderation. The world’s richest man, who has more than 110 million Twitter followers, said the social media platform would not become a “hellscape free for allbut users are already reporting an increase in hate speech and misinformation.

Hate speech surges on Twitter after Musk takeover

Within 12 hours of Musk closing $44 billion deal, use of N-word on platform jumped 500%, according to observers. Tweets sharing anti-Semitic memes and mentioning “plandemic”—a conspiracy theory that suggests elites are using the pandemic to gain power and profit from vaccines – also on the rise, according to social media analytics firm Dataminr, Bloomberg reported. anti-trans harassment has climbedtoo.

Yoel Roth, Head of Security and Integrity at Twitter, Explain that Twitter’s policies remain unchanged. The increase was the result of a targeted “trolling campaign” of a few accounts posting a barrage of insults.

Musk also posted Roth’s explanation in response to a message from NBA star LeBron James expressing concern over the rise in racist language. But given the timing of the rise, the clarification did not appease those who feared Musk’s leadership was blurring the lines between hate speech and freedom of expression.

The rise in misinformation and hate speech creates financial problems for Twitter because it can alienate advertisers, the company’s main source of revenue. General Engines decide to temporarily suspend advertisements on Twitter as he tries to “understand the direction of the platform under their new owner,” as he announced on Friday (October 28).

Who left Twitter after Musk took over?

Some high profile users left the platform in response to its new owner. On October 28, It’s us executive producer Ken Olin tweeted, “I’m out of here.” Less than a week before that, he said, “I have to wean myself off this future Musk machine.” The next morning, Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy acclaimed writer-producer Shonda Rhimes tweeted she “doesn’t hang around for anything Elon has planned. Goodbye.” The next day, Grammy-winning singer Sara Bareilles left the platform.

Director Rob Reiner, however, took a different route, doubling down on the platform, warning it could become a red-tinged echo chamber ahead of the election. star wars fame George Takei echoes his feelings.

Meanwhile, Ye, who has been banned on various social media platforms and abandoned by big brands like Adidas for making anti-Semitic comments, had his Twitter Account reinstated. However, Musk says he did not participate in this decision.

Musk’s plan for Twitter

Musk teased the verification changes on Twitter, saying the process for getting a blue badge is under review, while The Verge reported that a paid system for verified users is in progress.

Musk also seems to be considering bringing back another social media platform. According to a poll he conducted on his page, he is considering bring back the vine to better position the company to compete with TikTok.

Vine was a short-form video platform where users could create six-second videos, which Twitter bought in 2012 but shut down in 2017 because they couldn’t monetize them. But nowadays there are proven lucrative advertising models.

Guess who’s back? Jack Dorsey’s back

As Musk takes over, Twitter’s old guard has found a new social media home. Jack Dorsey, who founded Twitter in 2006 and ran the company for years, announced that his new BlueSky Social blockchain was accept beta users. The company claims it’s already received 30,000 registrations.

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