Elon Musk-led initiative to end Twitter’s COVID disinformation policy
Under the new leadership of Elon Musk, Twitter put an end to its policy of spreading falsehoods regarding COVID a week ago. This information has become public.
The social network has stopped investigating accounts that are allegedly spreading misinformation about the epidemic, according to a new statement that was published on the website of the social network on November 23.
Users have reportedly spotted the update this week and saw the following amendment made to the website’s online rules: “As of November 23, 2022, Twitter no longer implements a policy of presenting incorrect information concerning COVID-19.” The information was reportedly obtained via The Guardian.
As of September 2022, more than 11,000 accounts on Twitter have been suspended for spreading false information in connection with the epidemic.
In practise, the policy implemented a “five-warning system” for the accounts that were the subject of the investigation. The business was searching for accounts that contained information that was “clearly incorrect or deceptive” and that “may lead to a significant risk of harm.”
Elon Musk has stated elsewhere on Twitter that the amount of hate speech that can be found on the website has dropped after he took control of it in October.
It was previously stated that once Musk took over Twitter, there was a significant spike in the use of terms that were anti-Semitic, homophobic, racist, and transphobic.
According to the findings of a study conducted by the Network Infection Research Institute, the incidence of people using the N-word on Twitter has increased by almost a factor of 500 in recent years. “The data indicate that those responsible for the attacks are attempting to test Twitter’s security measures. According to what the institution has written, numerous posters on 4chan “urge users to propagate insulting attacks.”
On the other hand, while releasing slides from a recent speech given by the company, Musk stated that, according to sources within the company, “the perceptions of hate speech are reduced.” The line graph that is attached demonstrates that on the day after Musk assumed control of Twitter, there were more than 10 million tweets that contained one or more insults, but in recent days, that number has plummeted to just slightly more than 2.5 million.
Despite the fact that numerous top managers were let go soon after the Twitter takeover and thousands of employees were let go in the weeks that followed, Musk has verified that Twitter is actively searching for new personnel.
Musk is reportedly said to have instructed the remaining Twitter staff a week ago that they either “work long hours with great intensity” or else leave the company.