Elon Musk disbands Twitter’s external moderation advisory body

Elon Musk, the quirky owner of Twitter, disbanded the social network’s Trust and Safety Council, an advisory body made up of outside experts that helped define the company’s moderation policy, on Monday night, according to washington post.

According to the American daily, this decision, which was communicated to the members of the board when it was due to meet less than an hour later with the head of Twitter, “is the latest sign that Elon Musk is unraveling years of work and created institutions. to do the social network safer and more civilized”.

The experts who make up the monitoring body, mainly academics and civil rights activists, all volunteers, received an email – titled “Thank you” and signed “Twitter” – informing them that the Trust and Security Council was no longer “the best structure” for to bring “outside ideas to our product and policy development work,” adds washington postciting people familiar with the matter.

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White House reaction

Some members of the council also intended to leave, the paper continues. “We were fired rather than quit,” says Larry Magid, CEO of ConnectSafely, a nonprofit that specializes in children’s Internet use, adding, “Elon doesn’t want criticism.”

The night before, invited to a stage show in San Francisco by comedian Dave Chappelle, the billionaire was met with a mixture of applause and hearty boos. So much heckling “is a first for me in real life (it’s common on Twitter),” Elon Musk then noted in a tweet. The appearance on stage came after the man, who describes himself as an advocate for free speech and regularly claims that Twitter was previously biased in favor of left-wing ideas, himself published a series of polemical messages over the weekend, in turn attacking the former security officer on Twitter Yoel Roth, the non-gendered pronouns or the outgoing adviser to Joe Biden on the pandemic Anthony Fauci.

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Elon Musk’s comments on the latter even caught the attention of the White House, which on Monday deemed them “outrageous and out of touch with reality” as well as “dangerous,” as the immunologist has received numerous threats from the far right and American conspiracy theorists.

Launch of paid certification

Despite the turmoil and controversy surrounding his boss, Twitter launched on Monday, after several delays, his new paid subscription formula including account verification, one of his flagship projects for the platform, after a first attempt marked by the influx of fake accounts and great confusion.

The company gradually opened subscriptions throughout the day. Main interest for people who agree to pay out money: a tick to confirm the identity of the subscriber, blue for individuals, gold for companies and later this week, gray for institutions. Twitter has also tightened authentication requirements, including requiring users to have an account for at least 90 days associated with a verified phone number that does not appear “deceptive or misleading.”

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They must also have been active at least once in the previous month and not have changed their profile picture or name on Twitter during the previous week.

Users who already have a tick can a priori keep it without paying, according to the details of the terms of use published by Twitter. This subscription will initially be available in the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the UK for $8 per month or $11 for Apple device owners.

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