Usage of the “n-word” peaks at 500 percent Twitter in the days after Elon Musks purchase and takeover of the social media platform, something LeBron James describes as “creepy AF.”
Last week the Washington Post revealed the amazing figure, which James criticized while adding: “I hope he and his people take this very seriously.
“This Is Scary AF” LeBron James Tweets of Spike in N-Word Use on Twitter after Elon Musk’s takeover
“I don’t know Elon Musk and frankly I don’t care who owns Twitter,” James tweeted. “But I will say if this is true I hope he and his people take this very seriously because this is scary AF. So many bloody inept people say hate speech is free speech.”
Musk has since responded to the controversy over the spread of racial slurs at his newly acquired company, directing James to a thread by Yoel Roth, Twitter’s head of safety and integrity.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 30, 2022
“Over the past 48 hours, we’ve seen a small number of accounts post a ton of tweets containing slurs and other derogatory terms,” Roth tweeted Saturday. “To give you a sense of scale, more than 50,000 tweets repeatedly using a specific slur come from just 300 accounts.”
Roth continued that “almost all of these reports are not authentic. We have taken action to ban users involved in this trolling campaign – and will continue to work to address this over the coming days to make Twitter safe and welcoming for everyone.”
Musk responds to LeBron saying Twitter hasn’t changed moderation policies since its acquisition
Musk detailed in a separate tweet that Twitter has not changed its moderation policy since taking office last week to deflect blame from the worrying increase in racial slurs on its platform.
The business tycoon and Tesla CEO – who has a net worth of over $229 billion according to Forbes – added that he will set up a panel to oversee decisions affecting content moderation and whether accounts are suspended, like this of former President Donald Trump, are allowed to return to the platform.
Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with very different viewpoints.
No major content decisions or account restorations will be made prior to the convening of this council.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
“Twitter will form a Content Moderation Council with very different viewpoints,” he tweeted on Friday. “No major content decisions or account restorations will be made until this council meets.”
As previously reported by The shadow roomJust days after Musk’s new leadership, Twitter is already implementing major changes, with the “Chief Twit” already giving employees his first ultimatum: meet the deadline to implement paid verification or cancel.
Twitter Blue Subscription Service is $20 per month, includes account verification
Under the new policy, reviews for users would be added to Twitter Blue — the company’s optional $4.99-per-month subscription service that offers additional features, reports The Verge.
Some news from Elon’s War Room: Twitter is heavily considering making verified users pay $4.99 per month to keep their badges.
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— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) October 30, 2022
The social media network plans to charge $19.99 for its new Twitter Blue subscription service, with currently verified users having 90 days to opt in or lose their blue tick.
On Sunday, staff working on the project were told they would be fired if they didn’t meet the November 7 deadline. On the same day, Musk tweeted about the overhaul of the entire verification process.
In the months leading up to his takeover of Twitter, the Tesla CEO made it clear that he plans to overhaul the verification process and how the platform handles bots.
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