Just a day after buying his favorite social media platform, Elon Musk said he’ll set up a moderation council on Twitter – to review the content violations and account bans.
He further stated that no account reinstatement or major decisions related to content would be taken unless the council convenes. Earlier, Musk clearly stated that he isn’t happy with Twitter’s policies for content moderation.
Twitter Content Moderation Council
As hundreds of thousands of celebrities and officials use Twitter as their second formal means of communication, the platform is subject to controversies most of the time. And with this stance, Twitter gets to moderate content that’s deemed harmful and against basic laws.
Though it’s appropriate, some aren’t fans of how Twitter handles it. And Elon Musk is one among them, who constantly criticized Twitter’s policies over content moderation and spam account handling. He even fired the company’s top policy official Vijaya Gadde right after acquiring the platform.
Well, he’s now changing the system by introducing a new Content Moderation Council that’ll have “widely diverse viewpoints” and that “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”
To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies https://t.co/k4guTsXOIu
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 29, 2022
Announcing this on Friday, Musk confirmed that he didn’t change any of the moderation policies of Twitter yet. While he didn’t explicitly mention what kind of viewpoints the council would have or how the persons on its panel will be elected, Musk has long been advocating for more free speech on the platform.
He even considered reinstating controversial accounts like former president Donald Trump’s. All these make us believe that the new Twitter led by Elon Musk will surely be a more independent platform, considering all his views till now.
He imagined open-sourcing the Twitter code to let the public know how Twitter recommendations work while keeping enough juice for advertisers to continue their business on the platform.