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Staff at Twitter lose access to moderation tools to enforce what they called ‘misinformation’

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Elon Musk’s new management of Twitter employees includes revoking their ability to censor Americans just days before the midterm elections of 2022, which is creating a “brave new world” on the internet, where people are experiencing freedom of speech in ways that had been denied for years under the previous owner of the massive social media platform.

“In the wake of Elon Musk’s takeover, Twitter has reportedly frozen some employee access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement, limiting the staff’s ability to clamp down on ‘misinformation’ ahead of the midterm elections,” We Love Trump reported, citing a confirmed reported from mainstream media.

“Most people who work in Twitter’s Trust and Safety organization are currently unable to alter or penalize accounts that break rules around misleading information, offensive posts and hate speech,” Bloomberg reported recently.

According to those with knowledge of the situation, only the most severe infractions that result in actual injury can be punished.

According to Time Magazine, Twitter Inc., the social network being revamped by new owner Elon Musk, has restricted employee access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement, limiting the staff’s capacity to combat disinformation ahead of a significant U.S. election.

“Most people who work in Twitter’s Trust and Safety organization are currently unable to alter or penalize accounts that break rules around misleading information, offensive posts and hate speech, except for the most high-impact violations that would involve real-world harm, according to people familiar with the matter. Those posts were prioritized for manual enforcement, they said.

People who were on call to enforce Twitter’s policies during Brazil’s presidential election did get access to the internal tools on Sunday, but in a limited capacity, according to two of the people. The company is still utilizing automated enforcement technology, and third-party contractors, according to one person, though the highest-profile violations are typically reviewed by Twitter employees.”

According to reports, these positions were prioritized for manual enforcement.

We Love Trump discovered some excellent tweets that reveal the situation:

“NEW: A wide swath of Twitter’s trust & safety team had access to content moderation/enforcement tools frozen last week. Usually, hundreds of people on the team could remove posts w/misinfo, hate speech etc. It’s now down to 15 people. Scoop w/@KurtWagner8 @daveyalba @EdLudlow”

“Twitter has frozen some employee access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement, curbing the staff’s ability to clamp down on misinformation ahead of a major U.S.
election”

More on this story via The Republic Brief:

BREAKING: Twitter has frozen some employee access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement, curbing the staff’s ability to clamp down on “misinformation” ahead of the midterms. CONTINUE READING…

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