Musk has acquired Twitter. Then some users started testing chaos

Musk has acquired Twitter.  Then some users started testing chaos

Musk has acquired Twitter. Then some users started testing chaos

Although no immediate policy changes were announced by Friday afternoon, that didn’t stop users from cheering – or criticizing – what they expected would be a swift embrace of Musk’s pledges to cut moderation in what he said was an effort to promote free speech.

The site’s conservative figures have begun retweeting long-debunked conspiracy theories, including about COVID-19 and the 2020 election, in a tongue-in-cheek attempt to “test” whether Twitter’s policies on misinformation are still in place.

Famous right-wing critics have tweeted buzzwords like “ivermectin” and “Trump won” to see if they will be punished for content they suggested was previously reported. Ivermectin, a cheap drug that kills parasites in humans and animals, has been promoted by some Republican lawmakers and conservative talk show hosts as an effective way to treat COVID-19. But health experts are holding back, warning that there is little evidence to support the belief that it works.

“Well, elonmusk, is this thing working..?” Steve Curtis, a former commentator for conservative television network Newsmax and an advisor to former President Donald Trump, wrote in a tweet, including a microphone emoji. “There are two races Trump won with ivermectin rocks.”

In a message intended to allay advertisers’ fears, Musk vowed Thursday that Twitter would not be a “free-for-all place, where anything can be said without consequences.”

But the jury is still out on what will happen to the social media platform – and what it will endure. Moderators keep tabs on who stays, who goes and likely returns from the list of people the platform has banned over the years. They range from Trump, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and former Ku Klux Klan leader David Duke – and none of them have returned to the podium yet.

The Associated Press examined at least a dozen other Twitter accounts suspended by the platform — including those used by right-wing activist James O’Keefe and MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell — and each account revealed an “account suspended” message as of Friday. . afternoon.

At least one is still finding a way to get his message across.

“I am very happy that Twitter is now in sane hands, and will not be run by Radical Left Lunatics and Maniacs who truly hate our country,” Trump said Friday morning in a post on his Truth Social. On whether or not he will return to the podium, though Musk has said he will allow it.

He said, “I love the truth!” , adding that Twitter would be “better” if it worked to get rid of the bot and fake accounts “that have hurt it so badly”.

In a tweet posted on Friday afternoon, Musk said Twitter would work to form a “content board with broadly diverse views,” and “no significant decisions about content or re-accounting will be made before this board convenes.”

Earlier in the day, the media reported that Kanye West, rapper known legally as Ye, appeared on Twitter after being banned from his account earlier this month due to his anti-Semitic posts on the social media platform.

But there was no evidence to suggest that his account status had changed or that Musk played a role, and there was no indication of recent activity. Twitter did not immediately respond to a request for comment on whether Ye has returned to the platform. The rapper and fashion designer was also suspended from Instagram, where he was recently re-accounted.

Meanwhile, dozens of extremist profiles – some newly created – have posted racist insults and Nazi images while expressing gratitude to Musk for his new leadership. One such post shared a breaking news update about Musk’s takeover of the company, tweeting a racial slur and a message, “Thank you Elon.” Another anonymous account tweeted, “Elon now takes control of Twitter, unleashing racial insults,” along with several derogatory comments.

Advocacy group Ultraviolet said in a prepared statement Friday that its acquisition of Twitter opened Pandora’s box, while also urging Musk, Twitter executives and the company’s board of directors to continue to enforce the ban on Trump “as well as violent right-wing extremists and white supremacists.”

Some users responded to the news by threatening to quit, and others mocked them for doing so. The terms “Elon” and “Delete” appeared in top Twitter trends Friday as users discussed the implications. Speculation also permeated the platform. Some were concerned that their Twitter follower count was declining, arguing that Twitter might be cleaning up bots. Other users have posted unverified reports that their ‘likes’ numbers are dwindling.

“Elon Musk bought a platform, people didn’t,” said Jennifer Greigel, a social media expert and professor at Syracuse University. “And we still have a choice in how we get our news and information and how we communicate.”

Grygiel said there would be a flight to quality if Twitter slipped into more chaos under Musk, and that’s probably not a bad thing as the platform increasingly serves the interests of corporate and state media.

And, as usual, users were quick to come up with jokes — aiming to stamp out the turmoil in more comedic ways.

“In honor of Elon now owning this site, I’d like to start the utter chaos,” CNN commentator Bakary Sellers wrote in a Friday morning tweet. “Which is better, Popeyes or Bojangles, and why?”

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