In an all-hands assembly with Twitter’s employees on Thursday, Elon Musk gave extra element on how he would take care of moderation on the platform, leaving the door open for a extra hands-on strategy than many have assumed he would take.
Responding to an employee-submitted query about his views on content material moderation, Musk stated he believed folks ought to have the ability to “say fairly outrageous issues throughout the regulation” however that such speech shouldn’t essentially be amplified, based on staff who heard the remarks. Specifically, he leaned on a distinction between freedom of speech and freedom of attain, popularized by disinformation researcher Renée DiResta.
Reiterating previous feedback he has made publicly, Musk additionally stated he desires Twitter to take a more durable line towards bots and spam, saying that “it must be rather more costly to have a troll military.” He instructed staff he’s in favor of getting customers pay to be verified and prioritizing them in how Twitter ranks the tweets folks see.
Musk has been outspoken in his criticism of Twitter’s moderation of conservatives on the platform, significantly the choice to ban former President Donald Trump within the wake of the January sixth riot. In an interview with the Monetary Instances in Might, Musk stated he would seemingly reverse the ban on Trump if the acquisition is profitable. Extra not too long ago, he expressed considerations that the platform was not performing aggressively sufficient in response to harassment towards the Libs of TikTok account.
However chatting with Twitter employees, he took a softer line, holding to the essential precept of Twitter as a platform for self-expression. “Some folks use their hair to precise themselves,” he instructed the employees. “I take advantage of Twitter.”