Twitter Quietly Changes Controversial Rule Under Elon Musk’s Leadership
(DailyVantage.com) – Since Elon Musk completed his buyout of Twitter, he’s made some radical changes to the social media platform. First, he fired most of the executive staff and trimmed the fat in the company, equating to the dismissal of approximately 3,700 people. Then, he introduced a blue-checkmark subscription, which went a bit haywire. Yet, not all of his changes have been loud.
On Monday, November 28, some Twitter users discovered something had changed: how the platform plans to handle COVID-19 misinformation posts. The company is no longer flagging or removing posts containing misleading or inaccurate information, a task it undertook in 2020 as the pandemic ravaged the country. According to a post on the company’s website, the revised policy went into effect on November 23.
— TechCrunch (@TechCrunch) November 29, 2022
Naturally, this action has caused mixed reactions. Some users are grateful for the freedom to make up their own minds about the information they read, while others worry the site will allow people to nurture false narratives. According to Fox 2 KTVU, Bela Matyas, a Solano County Health officer, said the platform isn’t where people should “go to learn about COVID or COVID vaccine.”
Meta is also considering adjusting its policies surrounding misinformation but has yet to make a decision. Do you agree with Twitter’s latest move?
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