Elon Musk may need a refresher on his own Twitter policies

Elon Musk seems to have either lost sight of his own revised Twitter policies or thinks they don’t apply to him. The billionaire on Monday Posted literally fake news onto its platform with what appeared to be a screencap of a CNN show – but was actually a photoshopped image – with an anchor Don Lemon and a chyron that read, “Elon Musk could threaten free speech on Twitter by allowing people to speak freely.” It didn’t take long for Twitter users to call out the fake New York Post Notes and a disclaimer leading people to an April fact check from the Associated Press — which explained that the fake CNN screenshot came from a parody site — were pinned to the Twitter boss’s post. Also CNN interferedwhich only prompted Musk to tweet:

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Since buying Twitter earlier this fall, Musk has got who’s got described himself actually cracked down on some of Twitter’s free speech policies as a “free speech absolutist.” Earlier this month, the Tesla CEO announced that “any Twitter engaging in impersonation without clearly covering ‘parody’ will be permanently suspended,” a step up from Twitter’s old policy on impersonation, which said that accounts impersonating can be warned against suspension. Musk said this change was due to the introduction of “widespread verification,” referring to its Twitter Blue service, which allows users to pay for a blue verification tick. But within days, that service was disrupted due to a spate of fake accounts using the new feature to impersonate big-name celebrities, politicians, and even corporations. Musk said last week that the paid verification system will restart “for the time being” on Friday. If there is a relaunch, it will be because Twitter’s content moderation capacity is particularly weak. Musk gutted the team tasked with monitoring content amid mass layoffs.

Musk tweeted the CNN meme without any indication that it was a parody. It’s also not the first time Twitter’s CEO has spread misinformation on the platform; In a since-deleted tweet, he reinforced baseless allegations about the attack on the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi‘s husband.

Twitter hasn’t consistently enforced its new policies. A day after Musk announced the new impersonation spoof policy (and before paid verification was suspended), a number of accounts impersonating Musk were banned despite clearly identifying themselves as the spoof. This included high profile users such as cartoonists Jeph Jacques and comedian Kathy Griffin, as Vice reported. Griffin’s account has been restored.

However, Musk prioritizes freedom of expression in other, potentially dangerous ways. He restores banned accounts as long as they aren’t breaking the law or involved in spamming. “But determining if an account ‘broke the law’ — when the law varies by location and court judgments often require an expert eye — becomes a logistical nightmare,” he said Washington Post The editor wrote a statement on Monday. “If the company reintroduces en masse a group of users previously found to have violated its Terms of Service, what happens if they violate the rules again? Are there any rules now?” Musk has already approved the former president donald trump to return to Twitter – a decision he justified on Twitter opinion poll— despite the fact that Trump was permanently banned by Twitter (among various other platforms) “due to the risk of further incitement to violence” following the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2022/11/elon-musk-might-need-a-refresher-on-his-own-twitter-policies Elon Musk may need a refresher on his own Twitter policies

Charles Jones

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