Twitter: Elon Musk relayed false allegations and deleted his tweet

The new boss of the social network reacted to the attack of Nancy Pelosi’s wife, Saturday, October 29. And this, by relaying a conspiracy theory.


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FAmid the outcry, Twitter’s newest owner, Elon Musk, on Sunday (October 30) deleted a tweet that contained rumors of an attack on the wife of Democratic congressional leader Nancy Pelosi as his recent acquisition of the platform has raised fears of yet another misinformation about the app. “There is little possibility that appearances are deceiving,” the billionaire wrote in a tweet to his 123 million subscribers on Sunday morning, which was deleted in the afternoon.

His post referenced the attack on Paul Pelosi, and linked to an article from the conservative Santa Monica Observer site that spread unverified information about the attack. This media has published conspiracy theories and misinformation in the past, according to the daily Los Angeles Times. Paul Pelosi was attacked in his home on Friday by a man with a hammer, who was actually looking for Nancy Pelosi. He suffered mainly from a skull fracture and had to be hospitalized.

Elon Musk has reacted to a tweet from former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton that is chasing conspiracy theories peddled by the Republican Party. “The Republican Party and its spokespeople regularly spread hate speech and completely crazy conspiracy theories,” the former US secretary of state denounced. “Surprising, but not surprising, and violence is the result.” US President Joe Biden this weekend also denounced Paul Pelosi’s attack, attributing it to the consequences of disinformation, ten days before the mid-term elections.

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Musk, defender of freedom of expression

Elon Musk’s tweet drew a lot of comments and criticism on the social network. “Clinton: Conspiracy theories are responsible for killing people and we should not give them visibility. Twitter owner: But have you heard of this conspiracy theory? “, summed up Seth Masket, professor of political science at the University of Denver, who reported Elon Musk’s tweet as inappropriate on the social network.

“The Elon troll should alert Twitter chief Elon to withdraw (this tweet), commented former UN special rapporteur for freedom of expression David Kaye, ironically to others’ t other billionaire covers. Asked by Agence France-Presse, Twitter did not immediately respond. The eccentric boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who sets himself as a defender of freedom of expression, has repeatedly confirmed that he wants turn Twitter into a kind of digital agora, where all opinions are free to express themselves.

He defended too strict moderation of content, however focused most of his attacks against supposed censorship of right and far-right voices. However, seeking to reassure his advertisers, Elon Musk promised after his takeover of Twitter that the social network would not become “hell” and that he would give it a “content moderation council”. Just days after its acquisition, the blue bird network has been the subject of coordinated attacks from “trolls” posting hateful content to test its moderation policy, according to an official of the company.

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“Over the past 48 hours, we’ve seen a small number of accounts post a deluge of tweets containing slurs and other insulting language,” said Yoel Roth, who manages the platform’s integrity, last Saturday. “To give you an idea of ​​the scale: more than 50,000 tweets mentioning a particular insult came from just 300 accounts,” he added, specifying that the majority were fake accounts. Yoel Roth reiterated that ‘hate speech has no place’ on Twitter because its moderation policy has not ‘changed’, and that the company is taking steps to ‘stop any organized effort to mislead people’ if not “.

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