“There is a small possibility that appearances are deceiving,” the billionaire tweeted referring to the attack on Paul Pelosi, and referring to a link to the conservative site Santa Monica Observer, which spread unverified information about the offensive. This medium has already published conspiracy theories and false information in the past, according to the daily Los Angeles Times.
Paul Pelosi was attacked at his home on Friday by a man with a hammer, who was actually looking for Nancy Pelosi. He suffered in particular from a fractured skull and had to be hospitalized.
Elon Musk was reacting to a tweet from former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton castigating conspiracy theories promoted by the Republican Party. “The Republican Party and its spokespersons now regularly propagate hate speech and completely crazy conspiracy theories,” criticized the former US secretary of state. “It’s shocking but not surprising, and violence is the result.”
Elon Musk’s tweet sparked a number of comments. “Clinton: Conspiracy theories are responsible for killing people and we shouldn’t give them visibility. Twitter owner: But have you heard of this conspiracy theory? “, summed up Seth Masket, professor of political science at the University of Denver, who reported Elon Musk’s tweet as inappropriate to the social network.
The whimsical boss of Tesla and SpaceX, who presents himself as the cantor of freedom of expression, has repeatedly affirmed that he wants to make Twitter a kind of digital agora, where all opinions are free to express themselves. However, seeking to reassure his advertisers, Elon Musk promised after his acquisition of Twitter that he would provide the platform with a “content moderation council”.
50,000 tweets mentioning an insult
A few days after its acquisition, the network is the subject of coordinated attacks by “trolls” dumping hateful content, according to a Twitter official. “Over the past 48 hours, we’ve seen a small number of accounts post a deluge of tweets containing slurs and other offensive language,” Yoel Roth, the platform’s integrity manager, said on Saturday.