According to a study by the Center for Combating Digital Hate (CCDH), which collects New York Times, Since Elon Musk came to power, the number of hate speech on Twitter has grown.. Curiously, the above mentioned that these types of publications declined under his leadership. Of course, he did not provide any hard evidence to support his theory other than a simple graph.
By the end of October, evidence was already emerging that hate speech had increased on Twitter in recent weeks. The tycoon expected the social network to fly the flag under his leadership Freedom of expression. Well, what he means by “freedom of speech”. Clearly, many users are taking advantage of the fact that moderation is now ignoring comments that were overwhelmingly penalized in the past.
According to a report from the aforementioned association, before Elon Musk ruled Twitter, there were an average of 1,282 users registered daily. racist tweets against blacks. However, after the arrival of Musk, this number increased to 3876 people.
A curious fact, which is in complete contrast to what Elon Musk reported, is that during the week he reported on the supposed decline in hate speech, the average number of racist tweets per day rose to 4,650.
Be careful, at the moment we are only talking about publications classified as racist. Hate speech includes many other types of objectionable comments.
For example, daily tweets against gay community increased from 2506 to 3964, and insults to transgender people they went from 1282 to 3876. Finally some tweets anti-Semites they are up 61% since Musk became CEO of Twitter.
“Elon Musk has sent a Bat-Signal to all racists, misogynists and homophobes that Twitter is open for their comments,” said Imran Ahmed, director of CCHR. It is clear that these people were not wasting their time feeling “free” to spread their nasty messages via Twitter.
Elon Musk backfired
Elon Musk may not have foreseen that his vision for Twitter would take a toll on him quickly. Once he took over the company and the hate speech intensified, a large number of advertisers left the platform. Some of them offered no explanation, while others expressed concern for the future of Twitter when it comes to content moderation.
Thanks to Elon Musk himself, we learned that the biggest advertiser on Twitter, Apple, has stopped its advertising campaigns on the social network for the same reasons. The tycoon, in fact, began a crusade against the Cupertino company. This was due to additional issues such as a 30% App Store fee and a false rumor that Twitter could be removed from the store. Apparently, everything was decided at a meeting with Apple CEO Tim Cook.
Care advertisers, of course, Twitter revenue hit. Let’s remember that advertising is his main source of income, and Elon Musk’s controversial decisions do not favor this business in any way.
In the end, it seems that Elon Musk himself realized that his “freedom of speech” hurts Twitter a lot. At least in the economic realm… A few hours ago, he ordered the suspension of Kanye West’s account for inciting violence. Before he disappeared, yes, he shared a picture of Mask without a shirt; probably as an attempt at mockery.
The problem here is that many other profiles with far less publicity than the rapper have been violating Twitter policies for days now. However, they are not subject to punishment.
Source: Hiper Textual