Elon Musk’s Twitter files say a lot more about him than Twitter

Rights revel in the latest batch of Elon Musk‘s Twitter files, which Republicans continue to dubiously portray as bombshell revelations about the platform’s suppression of far-right accounts. But amidst all the fuss, one simple question remains: what new information has actually emerged from those splashy document dumps?

on thursday evening, Bari White-a former New York Times Columnist Musk is working with to prove the former Twitter leadership has silenced conservatives – accused the platform of “blacklisting, preventing unwanted tweets from trending, and actively removing the visibility of entire accounts or.” even restricting trending topics — all in secret without informing users.” The allegations came in a long series of tweetsciting internal company data and communications given Weiss from Musk’s team. Talk radio hosts were among the right-wing extremists allegedly targeted dan bongino, who has been “blacklisted” and an anti-lockdown doctor Jay Bhattacharya, who was placed on a “trends blacklist” that prevented his tweets from trending.

In the eyes of the right, Weiss’ reporting is striking evidence that Twitter’s former leadership used “shadow bans” — a broadly defined term that can include limiting a user’s engagement, visibility, or discoverability — to snub conservatives pursue, although they insist they have not.

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In reality, Weiss’ thread lacks the context that would otherwise paint a full picture of Twitter’s content moderation policies. The public still doesn’t know how many accounts were actually “shadow-banned,” why they were attacked, and the political beliefs of those who were — the latter is particularly important given that several prominent leftist and anti-fascist users were banned during Musk’s short term suspended. All that can be gleaned from the latest release from Twitter Files is this: Musk, likely under pressure from terrified advertisers to justify his conservative rebranding of the company, wants everyone to know that at least a few right-wing users are to varying degrees were sent to the Internet Twitter timed out.

Funnily enough, Musk continues to lose ad revenue as Twitter keeps losing personally promised to duplicate some of the practices mentioned in Weiss’ reporting. “We will continue to aggressively de-amplify hate speech on our platform,” wrote Twitter’s new head of trust and safety, Ella Irwin, in a post last week, before reiterating Musk’s new favorite mantra: “Free speech doesn’t mean free reach.” Instead of banning speech or numbers that make advertisers uncomfortable, Musk, a self-proclaimed “free speech absolutist,” seems to be betting that a ” Shadow Ban” compromise will keep his new venture from bleeding.

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However, he has yet to explain what his definition of “hate speech” is or outline what content will be restricted. Shortly before the suspension of the rapper Kanye “Ye” West for tweeting an image of a swastika, Twitter restored the accounts of lesser-known white supremacists and other former offenders banned by the old Twitter regime. So far, it seems that offensive remarks are all Musk can think of that could give him a public relations headache.

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Charles Jones

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