Civil rights leaders say Elon Musk’s accusations of them betraying an agreement are without merit.
Elon said he had agreed to a condition imposed by “a large group of political and social activist groups.” Why? If he did they would stop trying to kill his company by starving it of advertising revenue. But they broke their promise anyway.
Elon Musk did not discuss the agreement.He was responding to one of his followers, who accused Twitter’s new owner of lying when he promised in October that he would form a content moderation panel and that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council is fully formed.”
Elon Musk and Twitter recently made a decision to reinstate Donald Trump’s account, after polling Twitter.
Trump’s presence on Twitter has caused the 2020 election to become violent, and many people blame his use of the site for it.
Civil rights groups have encouraged advertisers to stop advertising on Twitter after a recent spike in hate speech on the site and after the company laid off thousands of employees. They are concerned this move will make it difficult to monitor and control hurtful content.
The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) has rebuffed Elon Musk’s claims that the civil rights group would agree to some form of compromise in the 2020 election. Said Derrick Johnson, CEO and president: “The NAACP will not make such a deal […] Democracy always comes first.”
“The decisions being made at Twitter are dangerous, and it is our duty, as it has been since our founding, to speak out against threats to our democracy,” Johnson said. “Hate speech and violent conspiracies can have no safe harbor.”
After speaking with the Gay and Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and Free Press, Elon Musk assured that there is no such deal.
“Musk is losing advertisers because he’s acted irresponsibly, slashing content moderation teams that keep brands safe and gutting the very sales teams responsible for maintaining relationships with advertisers,” the Free Press said in a statement. Elon Musk is one person among others who have pulled advertising due to Twitter’s lack of transparency and moderation.
A Rabbi who researches human rights violations committed by extremists and terrorist groups around the world has said that Elon Musk’s claims about how AI can be very helpful are a little vague.The UK-based SWC, along with 180 other nongovernmental organizations, sent a letter to Musk last week urging Twitter to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism. The IHRA definition will degrade the marketing capabilities of antisemites on Twitter.
Cooper claimed the letter “wasn’t a threat” and that the boycotts never threatened any boycotts against Twitter.
Musks involvement can be key in dealing with the antisemitic content that has seen a recent uptick. Cooper believes Musks creativity is what will incentivize him to do so: “We’re basically asking Elon Musk, who we all know is a rather creative person, to take leadership in this area.”
Don’t wait for Twitter to announce any changes; brands that were preoccupied with Musk taking over and paused advertising on the platform are now waiting to see what else will happen.It seems like they’re also curious how Twitter’s verification process will work for verified accounts.It would be great to know how they’ll deal with people impersonating brands on the website, too.
Back in December, Musk was the head of a company that rolled out and then quickly rolled back a blue verified subscription. The person who created the account could impersonate celebrities and brands without consequence.
Published along with false tweets that said “insulin is free now,” this company was quick to correct and punish this mistake.
Advertisers are also concerned about other issues that the civil rights leaders want to talk about.They’re also worried about breaches, with so many employees resigning or being laid off. They want assurances that their personal data & their Twitter account are safe. They’re asking for reassurances of the safety of this social media platform & more communication from new leadership regarding the changes they’ll be making & how these changes will affect them.