Twitter Dials Back Moderation as US Elections Near, Worrying Some Experts

As the midterm elections are now just a week away in the United States, Twitter is dialing back their content enforcement.

This has many experts and workers worried about the impact of the spread of misinformation.

Many employees have found their access to internal tools used for content moderation and other policy enforcement frozen just as it becomes more vital than ever to ensure misinformation is quelled.

According to a report from Bloomberg, most people who work in Twitter’s Trust and Safety organization found themselves 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 those familiar with the matter.

Twitter’s head of safety and integrity, Yoel Roth, tweeted, “This is exactly what we (or any company) should be doing in the midst of a corporate transition to reduce opportunities for insider risk. We’re still enforcing our Twitter rules at scale.”

So bad timing on the whole takeover/election – let’s just hope the most dangerous misinformation makes their cut for “real world harm.”


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