(PM.) On Friday afternoon, new Twitter owner Elon Musk announced that his company would be forming a new content moderation council consisting of “widely diverse viewpoints.”
“Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints,” Musk wrote. “No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.”
Twitter will be forming a content moderation council with widely diverse viewpoints.
No major content decisions or account reinstatements will happen before that council convenes.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 28, 2022
In response to Musk’s announcement, Media Matters CEO and President Angelo Carson wrote on Twitter, “This is when advertisers should engage most here.”
Media Matters president losing it pic.twitter.com/ulwgECrwhW
— Jack Posobiec 🍊 (@JackPosobiec) October 28, 2022
“All the more reason for the major players to make it crystal clear that they will walk if Musk follows through with his promises to roll back brand safety and community safeguards.”
Musk’s announcement comes just hours after he fired top Twitter staff.
CEO Parag Agrawal, chief financial officer Ned Segal, and Vijaya Gadde, head of legal policy, trust, and safety, were all fired as part of Musk’s first moves as Twitter owner.
Many have been hoping that his ownership would signal a path for many accounts to be instantly reinstated, such as Donald Trump and Babylon Bee, but it looks like that will have to wait.
In a Thursday letter to advertisers, Musk wrote that Twitter is “important to the future of civilization,” stating that it is a “common digital town square, where a wide range of beliefs can be debated in a healthy manner, without resorting to violence.”