Thursday, Twitter’s CEO and the world’s richest man, Elon Musk, expressed gratitude to the team for their efforts in reducing hate speech on the microblogging site by more than a third. Musk tweeted a graph depicting the exponential growth of online hate speech from October 20 to November 20.
The graph shows that on October 20 there were about 2.5 million hate speech impressions and that this number surged to about 10 million in the days that followed. After initially increasing, the graph dips below the 2.5 million mark on November 20. “Hate speech impressions down by 1/3 from pre-spike levels. Congrats to Twitter team!” Musk captioned the graph.
Hate speech impressions down by 1/3 from pre-spike levels. Congrats to Twitter team! pic.twitter.com/5BWaQoIlip
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
Following this, he replied to the same tweet by saying, “I have half a mind to wag my finger at the 1500 accounts that caused the spike, but I shall forebear.” Musk claims that Twitter’s limits on the number of tweets made each day and each hour is to blame for the platform’s drop in hate speech. Users are limited to 2,400 tweets each day, with no more than 100 allowed per hour. He remarked, “Reducing the max allowed tweets/day to a number below what a speed typist on meth could do was helpful.”
Musk has long been an advocate for protecting people’s rights to express themselves without fear of retaliation, and his response to the nasty accounts demonstrates this. Musk has also complained numerous times about spam and bots on the microblogging service. After concluding the $44 billion transaction a week previously, Musk had the idea for the new Twitter Blue membership, which launched on November 9 to battle bots.
Getting verified and earning that trusty blue tick would cost them $8. The improved Blue model failed after one day and just added to the existing chaos. Many false accounts impersonating celebrities surfaced with the verification checkmark after paying for it; these accounts caused enough confusion with their tweets, many of which did participate in hate speech and fake news, for Twitter to take action and remove them.
The Musk regime’s Twitter overhaul also included new suspension guidelines. The microblogging site has decided to ban any impersonation account that doesn’t clearly label itself as a parody. The account of American actress and comedian Kathy Griffin, who had been imitating Musk on Twitter, was among the first to be deleted without warning.
Twitter CEO and richest man in the world Elon Musk thanked the team Thursday for cutting down hate speech on the microblogging platform by more than a third. Tesla’s Elon Musk published a graph showing the meteoric rise in online hate speech from October 20 to November 20.
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