Musk’s ‘free speech’ agenda dismantles safety work at Twitter, insiders say

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Musk’s ‘free speech’ agenda dismantles safety work at Twitter, insiders say

From The Washington Post by Cat Zakrzewski, Faiz Siddiqui and Joseph Menn

Amid the wider turmoil since his takeover last month, Musk has moved rapidly to undermine Twitter’s deliberative content-moderation system.

Hours after Elon Musk took control of Twitter in late October, the Trust and Safety team responsible for combating hate speech on the site received an urgent directive: Bring back the Babylon Bee.

To some Twitter employees, the order was troubling. The self-described Christian satirical site had been banned since March for refusing to delete a tweet naming Biden health official Rachel Levine its “Man of the Year.” Levine is a transgender woman, and the tweet violated a 2018 rule prohibiting Twitter users from targeting transgender people by referring to them by the name or gender they used before transitioning.

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