On Monday, December 12, Twitter has disbanded its Safety and Trust Council, A broad group of global citizenship advocates, academics and experts has advised the company since 2016. Meanwhile, Musk has welcomed the return of high-profile extremists. previously banned like white nationalist Patrick Casey. Based on data compiled by researcher Travis Brown, others recovered include Meninist, a “men’s rights” account with more than a million followers; Peter McCullough, a cardiologist who has attracted many supportive audiences discredited covid-19 treatments and against vaccination; and Tim Gionet, a far-right media personality who live-streamed his participation in the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.
Musk’s enthusiasm for eliminating jobs, cutting costs, and dismantling Twitter’s secure infrastructure drove advertisers away. At one point, the company business loss report of half of its top 100 advertising clients, and it has missed US weekly ad revenue expectations to 80%. Musk’s behavior now makes it difficult question for the rest of the brands. Companies have has stopped enforcing its policy on disinformation about covid-19.
And as those who liked Musk’s vision of Twitter returned to posting, others found it more difficult to justify their presence on the site, announcing the shutdown or announcing the move. theirs elsewhere. According to one estimate, Twitter may have lost a million users just days after Musk took over. Other things are give up tweets even if they haven’t deleted their account. Some of these are high profile: Elton John left Twitter on December 9, cites changes to the site’s policy on misinformation.
MIT Technology Review performed an analysis in Hoaxy, a tool created by Indiana University to show how information spreads on Twitter by looking at both keyword frequency and interactions between individual accounts. core. The results suggest a new role for Musk in this network: effectively monitoring the hall for the far right.
The tool plots interactions visually, showing connections between individual Twitter accounts on a specific keyword or hashtag, and indicating whether the account is an amplification account. Great search terms for others or mentioned by accounts doing so. Accounts that are more actively engaged in chats will appear as buttons.
Musk was a key “nodal point” of activity around the use of the profanity word “groomer” — we reviewed both “Groomer” and “OK groomer” — from Friday, December 9, through noon Sunday, December 11, when we run the analysis. (We also ran a second query on Wednesday, December 14, with similar results.) Musk himself hasn’t tweeted since — according to a report from GLAAD and Media Matters, has significant increase in frequency and reach during his term. Instead, he was repeatedly tagged in chats by other people using it.
Sometimes these users appear to be seeking attention and amplification from Twitter owners and implicitly identify recipients of slander as potential harassment targets. At other times, Musk was tagged in chats where profanity was used to attack people who directly disagreed with him on Twitter—including Jack Dorsey, the company’s co-founder and former CEO  , who tweeted about Musk last week to refute his claim that the company “refused to engage in child exploitation for many years!” Musk regularly interacts with a number of power users and fans, including conservative meme accounts and far-right personalities like Ian Miles Cheong and Andy Ngo.
Increasingly, Musk isn’t just triggering these conversations — he’s engaging. “My pronoun is Prosecute/Fauci,” he tweeted last weekend. When astronaut Scott Kelly publicly asked him not to “mocker and incite hatred towards members who are already marginalized and at risk of violence.” #LGBTQ+ community,” Musk replied, “Forcing people to use your pronoun when they don’t ask, and implicitly ostracizing those who don’t, is neither good nor kind to anyone.”