Twitter Will Not Restore Banned Accounts Until A “Content Moderation Council” Is Established
Elon Musk, the billionaire new owner of Twitter, has stated that the social media platform will establish a “content moderation council,” and that any significant content determinations or account reinstatements will take place after such a committee has met. Musk made his remarks a day after completing the USD 44 billion acquisition of the social media behemoth.
“Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints. No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes, “Musk, 51, tweeted on Friday.”
“To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies,” he added.
As Musk’s takeover of Twitter came to an end, the company’s CEO, Parag Agrawal, legal executive Vijaya Gadde, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and general counsel Sean Edgett were fired. The Tesla CEO started tweeting shortly after assuming control of Twitter. The bird is set free. “Let the party begin.”On Twitter, comedy is now permitted.
Musk spent months attempting to back out of the agreement after initially agreeing to purchase the business in April, initially expressing worries about the number of bots on the platform and then charges made by a company whistleblower. Agrawal, 38, took over as CEO of Twitter in November of last year after co-founder Jack Dorsey announced his resignation.
Hyderabad-born Gadde was at the vanguard of the extraordinary decision, made days after the attempted uprising by pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, to permanently suspend the former US President Donald Trump’s Twitter account. Musk went to the company’s headquarters in San Francisco on Wednesday and met with engineers and people in charge of advertising.
Musk recently changed the title of his Twitter account to “Chief Twit.” Musk has pledged to reform Twitter by relaxing the rules governing content moderation, improving algorithm transparency, fostering subscription businesses, and terminating staff members. Twitter agreed to take Musk’s offer to buy the social media platform privately in April. Musk quickly cast doubt on his willingness to uphold the deal, claiming that the business had not fully disclosed the volume of spam and phony accounts using the site.
Twitter filed a lawsuit against Musk after he announced he was ending the agreement, claiming the billionaire “refuses to honor his responsibilities to Twitter and its stockholders because the transaction he made no longer serves his personal interests.” Musk said at the beginning of October that he would go ahead with the purchase at the initial share price of USD 54.20 if Twitter stopped its legal action.
The Tesla CEO’s “suggestion is an invitation to additional mischief and delay,” according to Twitter’s legal counsel. Ultimately, a judge for the Delaware Chancery Court said that Musk had until October 28 to finalize the Twitter acquisition or risk going to trial.