Twits Trip Over Elon Musk Telling Twitter to Clarify Its Own Rules

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Okay, let’s admit it. We’re rapidly reaching overkill on stories involving Elon Musk buying Twitter and the resulting liberal dogpanic. Me, I’d rather listen to some music. However, this one is too good to pass up noting. From Bloomberg:


Twitter Inc., the social network being overhauled by new owner Elon Musk, has frozen some employee access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement, curbing the staff’s ability to clamp down on misinformation ahead of a major US election.

Most people who work in Twitter’s Trust and Safety organization are currently unable to alter or penalize accounts that break rules around misleading information, offensive posts and hate speech, except for the most high-impact violations that would involve real-world harm, according to people familiar with the matter. Those posts were prioritized for manual enforcement, they said.

Aside from the observation that Twitter and “trust and safety” should never unironically appear in the same sentence, the notion that the cartoon character hyper-liberals previously running amok in Twitter headquarters stamping out any conservative with genuine reach they could find are now having yet another fine fun fabulous furry freak out over the notion that a public discourse free speech platform ought to be, you know, a public discourse free speech platform is highly amusing. Like we’re all such dribbling brainwashed morons, we believe everything we see on the internet. Which we don’t. We’re not Democrats.


This being mainstream media, naturally, #OrangeManBad enters play.

The scaled-back content moderation has raised concerns among employees on Twitter’s Trust and Safety team, who believe the company will be short-handed in enforcing policies in the run-up to the US midterm election on Nov. 8. Trust and Safety employees are often tasked with enforcing Twitter’s misinformation and civic integrity policies — many of the same policies that former President Donald Trump routinely violated before and after the 2020 elections, the company said at the time.

At least they added, “the company said.”

Curiously (there may be a touch of facetiousness in using that word), in the article, the Hunter Biden laptop kerfuffle is conspicuous by its absence. Imagine that.

The story goes on to breathlessly report Musk is committing the unforgivable sin of asking Twitter to clarify what is and is not an account-suspending offense.

Internally, employees say, Musk has raised questions about a number of the policies, and has zeroed in on a few specific rules that he wants the team to review. The first is Twitter’s general misinformation policy, which penalizes posts that include falsehoods about topics like election outcomes and Covid-19. Musk wants the policy to be more specific, according to people familiar with the matter.

Musk has also asked the team to review Twitter’s hateful conduct policy, according to the people, specifically a section that says users can be penalized for “targeted misgendering or deadnaming of transgender individuals.”

In both cases it is unclear if Musk wants the policies to be rewritten or the restrictions removed entirely.


Rules that spell out the rules and don’t pander to people’s silly roleplaying. What a concept! At this rate, Twitter might become a place worth hanging out on more often.


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