Some Twitter workers are worried about the future of the social media company’s capacity to police material, according to Reuters. Conservatives flooded social media within hours of Musk’s stunning announcement this week that he had purchased enough shares to become Twitter’s largest shareholder.
After the Jan. 6 Capitol incident, Obama was banned from Facebook and Twitter for inciting violence. As Twitter’s biggest shareholder, @ElonMusk should be allowed to speak freely. Oh… and Trump is back! ” Rep. Lauren Boebert tweeted on Monday.
According to Twitter, the board does not make policy decisions, but four workers interviewed by Reuters said they are concerned about Musk’s power to influence the company’s rules on abusive users and damaging material.
Workers worry that if Musk joins the board, his ideas on moderation would erode years of attempts to make Twitter a safe environment for healthy dialogue. The billionaire said many people will be dissatisfied with US internet giants functioning “as the de facto arbiter of free speech” after his Facebook and Twitter bans.
Although his Twitter behaviour has hinted at it, Musk hasn’t stated his objectives as a new board member. A week before Musk revealed his 9.1% investment in Twitter, he asked his 80 million followers whether the platform upheld free expression, and the majority said no.
One employee claims that unlike other digital businesses, Twitter’s board is often discussed internally. Twitter, unlike Meta Platforms Inc., has just one class of shares, leaving it more susceptible to activists like Musk.
Twitter teams regularly think about how to explain a plan or decision to the board, the employee added.
Published by – Kiruthiga K
Edited by – Kritika Kashyap