The crisis that Twitter has seen in recent months does not stop. Led by Elon Musk, The social network recently reinstated tens of thousands of accounts, some of which belong to conspirators or opponents of the coronavirus vaccine.at the risk of rekindling a phenomenon of misinformation on the social network.
According to developer Travis Brown, cited by various organizations, more than 27,000 restored accounts have been suspended for misinformation, harassment and hate speech. When contacted by the ‘AFP’ news agency, he said his list was incomplete and that the number of these accounts could be even higher.
“Reinstating these accounts will make the platform a magnet for actors looking to spread misinformation. And there will be less restraint in hate speech, making the web less attractive to many users.said Jonathan Nagler, co-director of the Center for Social Media and Policy at New York University (NYU).
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Among the personalities returning to the bluebird’s web “anti-vaccine“Without verified information to support him, like cardiologist Peter McCullough or doctor Robert Malone, who was suspended a year ago for warning of the supposed danger of coronavirus vaccines.
Malone, who has more than 869 thousand followers, has posted numerous messages containing false information about the covid-19 vaccine since his account suspension was lifted.
Among the newly empowered former outcasts on the social network, there is also Donald Trump, the former president of the United States, still keeps his promise not to return for the time being. and only use the social network Truth Social, which he created last year.
Mike Lindell is one of the most provocative. The CEO of My Cushion, which was suspended twice in 2021, and a staunch Trump supporter, asked as soon as his account was reinstated, “melt it down to turn electronic voting machines into prison bars“.
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This is a direct reference to the conspiracy theory that vote counting in the 2020 presidential election was organized with the help of voting machines, which has never been proven.
Also, far-right activist Pamela Geller was reinstated on Twitter, and by the anti-extremist legal organization Southern Poverty Law Center “One of America’s most flamboyant anti-Muslim activists“.
Despite Elon Musk announced on Twitter’s website that he is “committed to preventing dangerous content and “malicious actors”; Twitter said in a post on its platform, “Permanent suspension for breaking the (social network’s) rules is a disproportionate measure“.
Media agency ‘Bloomberg’ reported that the company has made major cuts to its trust and security team responsible for global content control, and the unit on hate speech and harassment.
These are a dozen more workers from the company’s offices in Dublin and Singapore.According to sources who did not want to be named, he was fired, according to the media agency.
Twitter’s head of integrity for the Asia-Pacific region, Nur Azhar Bin Ayob, is one of the people who is no longer part of the company; and Analuisa Domínguez, senior director of revenue policy at Twitter.
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These changes are Twitter’s directives and have not been made public.
Ella Irwin, vice president of trust and security, confirmed to the ‘Reuters’ agency that the information regarding the layoffs in Singapore is correct. Of course she didn’t want to go into details about it, she.
*Based on information from AFP and Bloomberg