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Twitter new boss Elon Musk’s new ‘clarification’ on Twitter’s content moderation policy

New Delhi: On Saturday, Twitter boss Elon Musk clarified that the social media giant has not yet made any changes to the platform's content moderation policies. Giving an update on his social media handle, “To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies."

By Priyanka Verma 
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New Delhi: On Saturday, Twitter boss Elon Musk clarified that the social media giant has not yet made any changes to the platform’s content moderation policies. Giving an update on his social media handle, “To be super clear, we have not yet made any changes to Twitter’s content moderation policies.”

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This update came hours after he said in a tweet that “Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints”, and “no major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes”. The Tesla CEO also instilled suspicion amongst social media users when he tweeted on his Twitter “Let the good times roll” shortly after he acquired the social media platform and closed the deal.

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Musk ahead of his USD 44 billion Twitter acquisition deal had dismissed speculation about why he’d buy the micro-blogging platform and his thoughts on advertising. There is speculation that Musk is looking to do away with permanent bans on Twitter users as he had previously indicated that he felt the platform’s content moderation standards were too strict and that he didn’t believe in lifetime bans.

However, his latest comments could mean that accounts of high-profile personalities who were blocked from the site, including former US President Donald Trump, might not be allowed back on immediately and that the decision will be taken after the content moderation council is created.

While Twitter’s new owner has maintained he wants to ensure “free speech” on the platform, many believe his initiatives threaten to undo Twitter’s efforts to reduce bullying and abuse on the platform, prompting concerns that dialogue on the platform may deteriorate. “The reason I acquired Twitter is that it is important to the future of civilization to have a common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence. There is currently great danger that social media will splinter into far right-wing and far left-wing echo chambers that generate more hate and divide our society,” he said in a statement on Thursday.

After months of legal battle, Musk finally took over the social media network on Thursday. He began by sacking several top Twitter executives, including CEO Parag Agrawal and CFO Ned Segal. “The bird is freed,” he had tweeted in an apparent reference to the completion of the takeover and that he desires to see fewer limits on the content posted.

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