Elon Musk is continuing his “countertop democracy” strategy on Twitter with a new blowback poll. The last post of the boss of Twitter (yes, it still feels so weird to write it…) indeed asked twittos about 12 hours before we wrote these lines:
“Should Twitter issue a blanket amnesty to allow banned accounts to return, provided they haven’t broken the law or engaged in heinous spam?”, asks the tweet accompanied by the “yes” and “no” buttons. 12 hours after the initial tweet, the answer seems clear with more than 72% of “yes”.
Should Twitter offer a general amnesty to suspended accounts, provided that they have not broken the law or engaged in egregious spam?
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 23, 2022
Elon Musk’s latest Twitter poll has people cringing
In tweets posted this morning, Elon Musk states that “half his attention is waving his finger above the 1,500 accounts that have caused [une hausse des impressions de discours de haine]” between October and November, below a graph purporting to demonstrate that the level of hate speech has dropped since its takeover.
In another poll, a little earlier, Elon Musk had already asked if Donald Trump should return to Twitter. The “yes” narrowly outweighed the name – which led Elon Musk to keep his promise and restore Donald Trump’s account. Yet that was not the way Elon Musk had promised to do things.
Very soon after his takeover of Twitter, Elon Musk assured that he would set up a council which would make the decisions to maintain the blockages or bring accounts back to the platforms. A promise since abandoned, in favor of this very personal way of changing things on the social network.
The paradox is that the main “product” of Twitter before the arrival of Elon Musk was moderation – to create a certain level of confidence, both for tweeters and advertisers. With his arrival, Elon Musk is visibly throwing it all out the window. At the risk of making the social network so toxic, that it could become just a kind of Talk (Donald Trump’s social network) bis.
For the time being all the same, it is possible to hope that Elon Musk gives himself a little time to mature his decision. We note the rather vague wording of the tweet which promises an “amnesty” (does this necessarily mean unblocking the accounts in question?). No date or timetable is given.
Earlier Elon Musk talked about implementing “modes” in Twitter. By default, the experience promised to be quite polite, with tweets promoting hate being hidden. But the more adventurous can in theory change mode to see 100% of the platform’s tweets.
Still, questions arise, and not just in Europe, about Twitter’s current ability to carry out its moderation mission. After more than 3,700 dismissals, in fact, it seems that the moderation teams are no longer sufficient for Twitter to be able to comply with its obligations in all the countries where the social network is available.
Hate speech impressions down by 1/3 from pre-spike levels. Congratulations to Twitter team! pic.twitter.com/5BWaQoIlip
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022