Lebron James says he doesn’t know Elon Musk and ‘couldn’t care who owns Twitter’ but hopes billionaire takes hate speech seriously

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  • Lebron James has reacted to news of a major influx of hate speech following Elon Musk’s purchase of Twitter.

  • “I hope he and his people take this very seriously,” James wrote on Twitter on Saturday.

  • Twitter responded to reports of an increase in hate speech, saying “hateful conduct” was not welcome on the platform.

Lebron James said the rise of hate speech on Twitter is “frightening AF” and urged new Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk to take the issue seriously.

“I don’t know Elon Musk and, tbh, I don’t care who owns Twitter,” James wrote on Twitter on Saturday, responding to reports that use of the n-word on Twitter has increased nearly 500% in the past. 12 hours after Musk completes acquisition. of the platform. “But I will say if this is true, I hope he and his people take this very seriously because it’s scary AF. So many unfit people say hate speech is free speech.”

Trolls attempting to test the limits of the app’s content moderation have also flooded the site with anti-LGBTQ slurs and sexist comments, according to The Washington Post.

Critics of Musk’s acquisition of Twitter have warned that the new direction from the CEO and owners could turn the platform into a “supercharged radicalization engine”, citing the rise of such content.

Musk is a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist” and said on Thursday Tweeter the social media platform must abide by “the laws of the land”. Hate speech, while not clearly defined by US law, is generally considered protected by the First Amendment right to free speech.

In response to reports of rising hate speech, Yoel Roth, Head of Safety and Integrity at Twitter, written on saturday night that Twitter’s rules on hateful behavior have remained the same since Musk took over the company.

According to Roth, 50,000 tweets “repeatedly using a particular slur” came from the same 300 accounts, most of which were described as “inauthentic”.

“Hateful conduct has no place here,” Roth wrote. “And we are taking action to end an organized effort to make people believe we did it.”

Musk also said on Friday that he would create a content moderation council with “very diverse viewpoints.”

“No major decisions on content or account restatements will occur until this board meets,” Musk wrote on Twitter. So far, no further details of the council, including who will make up the council body, have been announced.

Twitter representatives did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

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