Twitter has always been a cesspool of hateful and hateful speech. However, when Elon Musk took over the social media platform and declared himself CEO, Hate speech and the use of racial slurs increased exponentially. According to a Washington Post report, the platform’s use of certain derogatory epithets for African Americans, Jews, and East Asians has increased by as much as 500 percent.
Elon Musk recently took to Twitter to announce that because of his team at Twitter, not only has there been a significant drop in the use of racial slurs and hate speech in the weeks he’s taken over, but by a third the Pre-spike levels. That means hate speech on Twitter is at an all-time low.
Musk took to Twitter to share an infographic showing that hate speech on Twitter has decreased significantly. The chart Musk showed showed a small bounce after the drop, but that’s to be expected.
Hate speech impressions are 1/3 lower than before the surge. Congratulations to the Twitter team! pic.twitter.com/5BWaQoIlip
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 24, 2022
The Network Contagion Research Institute (NCRI), a Princeton-based research group that analyzes social media content to predict emerging threats, had said use of the N-word on Twitter increased by almost 500 percent in the first 12 hours increased after Musk’s deal closed.
Yoel Roth, who was Twitter’s head of security and integrity When Musk took over, he said, “A small number of accounts post a lot of tweets containing slurs and other derogatory terms.” He said more than 50,000 tweets repeatedly using the derogatory term for an African American came from just 300 accounts originated, most of which are “not genuine”. Twitter also claimed that the spike in racial slurs was part of a campaign to defame Musk.
After Musk posted that the use of hate speech on the platform had declined, he also released a tweet suggesting that the whole mess was caused by just 1,500 accounts. This seems a little hard to believe. Musk also said that he considered reprimanding and taking action against these accounts, but ultimately decided against it.
Musk also revealed that during the exercise, Musk saw a list of the most offensive terms used on the platform and with what frequency. It should be noted that Musk’s claims have not yet been verified by any independent source or organization.
However, his supporters believe that hate speech was mainly spread on Twitter because left-leaning users have left the platform in drovesor have stopped engaging on the platform due to Musk and his policies.
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