According to a former head of trust and safety, Twitter is not any safer under Elon Musk's leadership

According to a former head of trust and safety, Twitter is not any safer under Elon Musk's leadership

Published on December 01, 2022 01:54 AM by Sally Harbor

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Twitter's former head of trust and safety, Yoel Roth, said in his first interview since leaving this month that the firm no longer had enough employees for safety work on Tuesday and that the social media giant was no safer under new owner Elon Musk.

Following Musk's takeover, Roth tweeted that, in some ways, Twitter safety had improved under the billionaire's leadership.

When asked if he still felt that way during a Tuesday interview at the Knight Foundation conference, Roth responded, "No."The decision to permanently suspend its most famous user, former US President Donald Trump, last year was one of several important decisions that Roth, a seasoned Twitter user, assisted in guiding the social media site through.

His departure also alarmed advertisers, who abandoned Twitter in large numbers after Musk fired half the team, including employees in charge of content moderation.

Approximately 2,200 workers worldwide were devoted to content moderation duties at Twitter before Musk took over as CEO, according to Roth. He claimed that following the takeover, the corporate directory had been disabled. Therefore he was unable to recall the number.

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Roth claimed this as the reason for his resignation: under Musk, Twitter started to deviate from its adherence to established and publicly visible policies in favor of content decisions made alone by Musk.

One of his limitations was that if Twitter became to be governed by dictatorial decree rather than by policy, he would no longer be required to perform the duties of his position.

According to Roth, the trust and safety team had sent warnings and recommendations before the revamped Twitter Blue premium subscription, which would have allowed users to pay for a verified checkmark on their accounts, began.

Spammers posing as prominent publicly traded corporations, including Eli Lilly, Nestle, and Lockheed Martin, quickly attacked the launch.

In addition, Roth claimed on Tuesday that Twitter made a mistake by limiting the distribution of a New York Post article that contained allegations about Joe Biden's son, a then-Democratic presidential candidate. This was done just before the 2020 election.

He did, however, support Twitter's decision to permanently suspend Trump due to the possibility of further inciting violence following the brawl at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

According to Roth, "we saw the clearest example imaginable of what it looked like for things to shift from online to off." "We observed fatalities in the Capitol."

Musk announced on November 19 that Trump's account would be restored after a narrow majority of respondents to a surprise Twitter poll approved of the action.

Also Read: Elon Musk restores Donald Trump's banned Twitter account after a major poll

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