Elon Musk did managed to piss off just about everyone on Twitter, and after announcing what appears to be a shadowing policy on the platform, even those hailing him as the savior of “free speech” The right wing is also in uproar.
Twitter is currently being held together by digital duct tape and a skeleton crew of employees after Musk resigned en masse among the platform’s already severely downsized workforce. Despite internal emails that Musk told remaining employees to move to San Francisco and help him “understand the Twitter tech stack,” the billionaire is still making policy announcements about his favorite subject: content moderation.
“The new Twitter policy is freedom of expression, but not freedom of access,” Musk tweeted. “Negative/hate tweets will at most be deboosted and monetized, so Twitter will not generate any advertising or other revenue. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically search for it, which is no different from the rest of the internet.
“Shadowbanning”, generally, is the artificial suppression of a user’s profile or content by a platform outside established content regulation mechanisms and without the user’s knowledge. Twitter has previously said that they do not engage in the shadow ban, but ranging from conservatives internet troll To federal legislator Has repeatedly accused the platform of suppressing its views. Studies have debunked this notion, showing that the opposite is true, and that conservative content performs better on major social media platforms.
Musk’s new policy sounds like it will effectively codify the practice into Twitter’s functionality.
Conservative commentators have been flocking to mentions of Musk since he announced his intention to buy Twitter in the spring in hopes of influencing the platform’s new direction. Musk is trying to pacify them, but there are plenty of clues that he is not as committed to “free speech” as he would like them to believe. He quickly introduced a plan to algorithmically prioritize paid customers, said it would take some time to bring back banned users, and began firing employees who criticized him.
Some of these have incensed the right wing, but his announcement on Friday sparked a new outcry that he is going back on his promises.
“How is this different from the previous policy?” answered Conservative commentator Allie Beth Stucky. “People’s tweets were suppressed because a biased rando on Twitter thinks a tweet is mean or crazy?”
Other pundits including right-wing YouTuber Lauren Chen and Fox News host Will Cain, demanded to know what exactly Musk would define as “negative/hateful tweets”. Matt Wash, host of the Daily Wire, has always been busy in his crusade against transgender people, Asked If “is it still considered ‘negative/hateful’ to refer to a biological man as a man?”
“It’s your company,” replied former Republican-turned-libertarian Representative Justin Amash, “but free speech includes speech that challenges and sometimes offends others. … “Negative” Tweet Doing so hurts the process, and there is no way to apply this policy uniformly.
Along with the new content model, Musk announced that he had restored the accounts of Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin and The Babylon Bee, but had yet to come to a decision on whether to revoke Donald Trump’s ban. A user asked if Musk would reinstate InfoWars founder and Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones’ account, to which he replied “no.” Several accounts were seized upon as evidence that Musk’s true “free speech” commitment was a hoax.
“Elon’s free speech claims were soon shown to be nonsense,” Tweeted Conservative streamer Tim Poole. Chain it is written that Musk had “already kicked the hornet’s nest” and his desire to pick and choose who was reinstated was “pulling the break-up with former activist staff and governance entities that was out there for him.” ” YouTuber Viva Frei said that if Musk was committed to refusing to reinstate Jones, it would make him no better Compared to previous Twitter CEOs Jack Dorsey and Parag Agarwal.
The incredible response from an online community that inspired Musk to buy Twitter, and hail him as a liberator from imaginary shackles, when juxtaposed with the stark reality that Musk has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. His acquisition of Twitter has been a disaster that is now threatening to bleed into his other companies, Tesla and SpaceX. What is clear is that Twitter is changing radically and rapidly, and conservatives are seeing their dreams of a liberal, rule-free utopia crushed, one Musk tweet at a time.