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Twitter’s former security and integrity chief said there was more censorship on the platform under Elon Musk, who spearheaded efforts to get rid of hate speech.
Yoel Roth, who abruptly resigned last week despite Musk’s endorsement, said Chief Twit gave his team the job of making sure the platform flagged hate speech following a spike in such posts after he completed its $44 billion acquisition.
‘Mister. Musk empowered my team to move more aggressively to remove hate speech across the platform, censoring more content, not less,” Roth wrote in an op-ed for the magazine. New York Times on Saturday.
“Prior to my departure, I shared data about Twitter’s enforcement of hateful conduct, which shows that by some measures, Twitter was actually safer with Mr. Musk than before.”
Roth, however, warned that Musk’s goal of creating a platform for absolute free speech could ultimately be hampered by Apple and Google, which could remove Twitter from their app stores for security reasons.
It would be the latest trouble facing Musk, who lost around 1,200 more employees on Friday after they rejected his ultimanum to commit to a “tough” work environment.
After the resignations, Musk asked all available coders to meet him at the company’s Silicon Valley headquarters, and the CEO shared a group photo of him and his workforce giving a happy thumbs up.
Yoel Roth (left), former head of security and integrity at Twitter, said his team was empowered by Elon Musk (right) to crack down on hate speech.
In the midst of a turbulent week that saw Twitter lose 1,200 more employees, Musk tweeted photos of himself and his coding staff during a meeting on Saturday.
Despite describing himself as a free speech absolutist, Musk’s goal of transforming Twitter was hit primarily by advertisers, Roth wrote.
The former security czar said that because 90 percent of the company’s revenue comes from ads, “Twitter has no choice but to operate in a way that doesn’t jeopardize the revenue streams that keep the lights running.” lit”.
The problems between Twitter and ad buyers became apparent when users took advantage of Musks’ $8-a-month verification system to spoof official accounts, wreaking havoc with companies like Eli Lilly and Lockheed Martin, which saw billions wiped out. of his actions following controversial tweets from phishing accounts.
Roth said that while this likely prompted Musk to find profit outside of advertisers, Chief Twit’s biggest challenge could be Google and Apple.
“Failure to follow Apple’s and Google’s guidelines would be catastrophic, risking Twitter’s removal from their app stores and making it more difficult for billions of potential users to get Twitter’s services,” Roth wrote.
“This gives Apple and Google enormous power to shape the decisions Twitter makes.”
He pointed to the companies’ influence, as representatives from Apple and Google regularly contacted his team with complaints about racial slurs and sexual content they found on Twitter.
Roth said the companies’ rules reflect the values of those in power rather than those of their users, and touted Musk’s efforts to stop this version of censorship.
Despite approving of Musk’s move to form a content moderation council to guide Twitter policy, Roth criticized the CEO’s decision to be the sole decision maker, saying it was no different than what executives do. from Apple and Google.
“It was for this reason that I chose to leave the company: a Twitter whose policies are defined by edict has little need for a trust and safety function dedicated to its principled development,” Roth wrote.
On Friday, Musk said that Twitter will be a free speech platform, but hate tweets will be demonetized and many will not see them.
The former security and integrity chief made waves when he resigned last week despite his endorsement of Musk to reduce views of harmful content in search results by 95 percent.
Roth was involved in the decision to censor reporting on the contents of Hunter Biden’s laptop, a decision then-CEO Jack Dorsey said he regretted.
His team also saw former President Donald Trump banned for his comments following the deadly Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill.
On Friday, Musk, who describes himself as an advocate of free speech, outlined the company’s latest policy on censorship.
“Twitter’s new policy is free speech but not free scope,” Musk tweeted. Negative/hate tweets will be minimized and demonetized, so there will be no ads or other revenue for Twitter.
“You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically search for it, which is no different than the rest of the internet.”
The Chief Twit added: “Please note this applies only to the individual tweet, not the entire account.”
A former Twitter executive who recently left the company told CNN’s Oliver Darcy (above) that “[Twitter] Will fight just to keep the lights on
The CEO’s latest announcement comes after Twitter reportedly lost several “critical” engineering teams following a mass exodus that saw its workforce drop by 32 percent.
Meanwhile, the mass exodus didn’t seem to bother the billionaire CEO. who claimed that Twitter usage “just hit another all-time high”
As chaos engulfed the sight over rumors that it would be shut down for the mass exodus, Musk tweeted: “What should Twitter do next?”
Musk emailed his remaining 3,700 workers on Wednesday, giving them a deadline of Thursday at 5 p.m. ET to click a link confirming their willingness to work “long hours at high intensity” or leave the company with three months of severance pay.
Fortune An estimated 1,000 to 1,200 employees have resigned so far, and Musk has demanded that all remaining coders report to Twitter’s San Francisco headquarters on Friday.
Many shared their outings on social media, including a viral video from Boston as workers counted down their final seconds on Twitter.
Matthew Miller, whose LinkedIn profile indicates that he has worked as a Twitter engineer for 9 years, shared the video of him and his coworkers recounting the time they left working for the company after Musk’s deadline.
“Happy New Year,” Miller shouted inside Twitter’s Boston office. ‘Hurrah! Hurrah! That is appropriate for the circumstances.
Matthew Miller (bottom left), shared a viral video of himself and his coworkers recounting the time they left working for the company after Musk’s deadline.
Following the deadline, a former Twitter executive who recently left the company told CNN’s Oliver Darcy: “Elon is finding that he can’t bully top senior talent. They are spoiled for choice and won’t stand for your antics.
‘[Twitter] He’ll fight to keep the lights on.
On Twitter, Musk seemed unfazed by the mass resignations, saying the site just “hit another all-time high” in usage. ‘Let that settle.’
As chaos engulfed the view over rumors that it would be shut down for the mass exodus, Musk added: “What should Twitter do next?”