Musk says Twitter ‘interfered in elections’ and ‘failed’ public trust

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Musk says Twitter ‘interfered in elections’ and ‘failed’ public trust

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New Twitter CEO Elon Musk said his company will be more “even-handed” under his watch while condemning previous election interference from the platform.

In response to someone commenting on a story in which the former head of Twitter’s trust and safety, Yoel Roth, said the social media network was “not safe” under Musk, the CEO decried the previous perceived failures of Twitter during Roth’s tenure. He promised that the new Twitter, under his watch, will be much more “effective, transparent, and even-handed.”

“Exactly. The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections,” Musk said. “Twitter 2.0 will be far more effective, transparent and even-handed.”

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Shortly after, Musk retweeted a blog post from Twitter that laid out its new approach to improving what it called the “town square of the internet.”

“As you’ve seen over the past several weeks, Twitter is embracing public testing. We believe that this open and transparent approach to innovation is healthy, as it enables us to move faster and gather user feedback in real-time,” the Twitter team, led by Musk, wrote.

“We believe that a service of this importance will benefit from feedback at scale, and that there is value in being open about our experiments and what we are learning. We do all of this work with one goal in mind: to improve Twitter for our customers, partners, and the people who use it across the world,” they added.

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While initially embracing Musk, Roth quit after two weeks under his tenure, adopting an increasingly critical stance on his way out, particularly regarding Musk’s approach to content moderation.

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“People are not sitting still,” Roth said of Musk’s relaxed approach to content moderation, according to CNN. “They are actively devising new ways to be horrible on the internet.”

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