Musk Dissolves Pro-Censorship Twitter Trust and Safety Council

December 13th, 2022 1:56 PM

New Twitter CEO Elon Musk has reportedly dissolved Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, as the Twitter Files uncover details of Twitter’s previous biased censorship.

Forbes reported that the 100 “activists, academics and civic leaders” of the Trust and Safety Council were informed by email Monday of the council’s dissolution, hours before being set to meet with Twitter executives about supposed “recent issues” on the platform. The “About” link for the council on Twitter’s website now brings up the short message, “Nothing to see here.”

Reportedly, former Head of Trust and Safety Yoel Roth, who recently left Twitter, and former Twitter General Counsel Vijaya Gadde deliberately orchestrated the ban of then-President Donald Trump from Twitter in 2021, even though Trump broke no rules.

While the Trust and Safety Council was meant to advise Twitter about safety, Twitter’s censorship of conservatives while ignoring actual violent incitement indicates the council’s definition of safety might have been politically biased.

Independent writer Anthony DeRosa tweeted a screenshot of what he said was the Twitter email dissolving the council. The email said Twitter is entering a “new phase” for “external insights” about the platform, and the council is not “the best structure to do this.” The email added that Twitter’s safety work will move “faster and more aggressively” and that Twitter is looking into “bilateral or small group meetings” for future feedback. It ended with thanks and a recommendation to share concerns with “regional points of contact.”

Twitter Blue verification was also relaunched on Monday as an $8-a-month subscription, Forbes noted.

The outlet alleged that the council’s dissolution “is likely to raise further concerns about the company’s commitment to content moderation amid reports of a sharp rise in hate speech on the platform.” Because apparently more free speech is hate speech.

Roth has fled his home, Forbes said, allegedly because of death threats after Musk tweeted an excerpt from Roth’s doctoral thesis about Grindr. In the excerpt, Roth advocates “safety strategies” to allow “queer young adults” under 18 to access apps like Grindr.

Musk, who restored Trump’s account, continues to restore accounts wrongly censored by Twitter before, including The Babylon Bee, mRNA vaccine inventor Dr. Robert Malone, psychologist Dr. Jordan Peterson and cardiologist Dr. Peter McCullough.

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