Right Wings smoke after Musk announces Shadowbanning policy

Owned by Elon Musk He managed to piss off just about everyone on Twitter, and after announcing he would establish what appears to be a shadow ban policy on the platform, even right-wingers who hailed him as the savior of “free speech” caused an uproar.

Twitter is currently being held together by digital duct tape and a skeletal staff after Musk pushed for a mass resignation among the platform’s already severely curtailed staff. Despite internal emails revealing that Musk asked the remaining employees to travel to San Francisco and help him “understand the Twitter tech stack,” the billionaire still made political statements about his favorite topic: content moderation.

“Twitter’s new policy is freedom of expression, but not freedom of access,” Musk wrote on Twitter. “Negative/hate tweets will be unpublished and maxed out, so there are no ads or other revenue for Twitter. You won’t find the tweet unless you specifically search for it, which is no different from the rest of the internet.”

“Shadowbanning” is, loosely, the artificial suppression of a user’s profile or content by a platform outside of applicable content-regulatory mechanisms and without the user’s knowledge. Twitter previously stated that they We don’t participate In the shadows ban but conservatives ranging from Internet trolls to me Federal legislators They repeatedly accused the platform of suppressing their views. Studies have disproved this notion, stating that the opposite is true, and that conservative content performs better on major social media platforms.

It looks like Musk’s new policy will effectively incorporate the practice into Twitter’s posts.

Conservative commentators have been flocking to Musk’s signals since he announced his intention to buy Twitter in the spring in hopes of influencing the platform’s new direction. Musk has been trying to calm them down, but there have been plenty of signs that he’s not as committed to “freedom of speech” as he would have them believe. He quickly floated a plan to algorithmically prioritize paid subscribers, said it would take some time before banned users were reinstated, and began firing employees who criticized him.

Whigs were angered by some of this, but his announcement on Friday sparked new outrage that he was reneging on his promises.

How is this different from the previous policy? answered Conservative commentator Ally Beth Stuckey. “People have been suppressed because Rando, a Twitter bias, thinks a tweet is mean or crazy?”

Other critics, including right-wing YouTubers Lauren Chen and host of Fox News Will Cain’, asking to know what exactly Musk would define as “negative/hate tweets.” Daily Wire host Matt Wash, focused on his anti-transgender crusade, Requested If “it is still considered ‘negative/hateful’ to refer to a biological man as a man?”

Former Republican Rep. Justin Amash replied, “It’s your company, but freedom of speech includes speech that challenges and sometimes insults others. … Making ‘negative’ tweets harder to find hurts this process, and there’s no way this policy can be applied equally.” .

Along with the new content model, Musk announced that he’s reinstated the accounts of Jordan Peterson, Kathy Griffin, and The Bubble B, but has yet to make a decision about unblocking Donald Trump. A user asked if Musk would reinstate InfoWars founder and Sandy Hook truther Alex Jones’ account, to which he replied, “No.” Several accounts have seized on this as evidence that Musk’s true commitment to “freedom of speech” was a fraud.

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“It quickly turns out that Elon’s claim of free speech is nonsense nonsense,” chirp Conservative streamer Tim Poole. Chen wrote that Musk had “already kicked a hornet’s nest” and his desire to pick and choose who was reinstated “nullified the disconnect from the former active employees and entities of the system that were working for him.” YouTuber Viva Frei added that if Musk sticks by his refusal to bring Jones back, it will make him not better Former CEOs of Twitter include Jack Dorsey and Parag Agrawal.

The amazing reaction from an online community that prompted Musk to buy Twitter, hailing it as a liberator from imaginary restraints, is laughable when combined with the obvious fact that Musk has absolutely no idea what he’s doing. His takeover of Twitter was a disaster that now threatens to spill over into his other companies, Tesla and SpaceX. What is clear is that Twitter is transforming in fundamental and rapid ways, and conservatives are watching their dreams of a libertarian, rule-free utopia get crushed, one tweet at a time.


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