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The former president has yet to tweet. But Democratic lawmakers and civil rights groups assailed the decision as dangerous and questioned Musk’s reasoning — particularly given promises he made about content moderation shortly after taking over Twitter.
Musk had promised to create a content moderation council that would consult on major decisions such as reinstating banned accounts. There is no indication that such a group was ever created. On Friday, Musk tweeted that the “new Twitter policy is freedom of speech, but not freedom of reach.” He has since deleted his tweet.
Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), a member of the panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, called the decision “a terrible mistake” in an appearance Sunday on ABC’s “This Week”: “As we showed in the Jan. 6 hearings, the president used that platform to incite that attack on the Capitol, his comments about the vice president, his own vice president, put Mike Pence’s life in danger.”
Civil rights groups also protested Musk’s actions.
“In less than three weeks Musk has gone back on every promise he made to civil-rights leaders and advertisers. He laid off the majority of Twitter’s workforce in charge of enforcing anti-hate and harassment and election-integrity policies,” said Jessica González, co-CEO of the nonprofit group Free Press, in a statement. “He drastically changed a major policy banning hate speech to a vague rule where hateful tweets can remain on the site, but supposedly won’t be amplified or monetized.”
Waiting for the other shoe to drop
Trump’s contract with Truth Social stipulates that he wait six hours before posting anything he puts on Truth Social to other social media sites — with one major exception. The requirement does not apply to political messaging.
“Twitter is forming a content moderation council of widely diverse viewpoints,” reads an internal talking-points document viewed by Grid. “There will be no changes to content moderation policy until this council convenes.”
When asked specifically what changes Twitter has planned and when the company will outline them, the sales team was instructed to tell advertisers, “There will be no changes to content moderation policy until Twitter’s new content moderation council convenes. Advertisers will receive plenty of advance notice before any policy changes take effect.”
It now appears that was not the case.
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