Elon Musk says ‘Twitter has interfered in elections’
Twitter owner and CEO Elon Musk on Wednesday November 30, acknowledged that prior to his takeover, the “obvious reality” was that Twitter ” has interfered in elections” through its content moderation policies.
“One of my limits was if Twitter starts being ruled by dictatorial edict rather than by policy… there’s no longer a need for me in my role, doing what I do,” Roth said.
As the head of trust and safety, Roth was responsible for key content moderation decisions including banning former President Donald Trump from the platform and suppressing the New York Post’s coverage of the Hunter Biden laptop story.
The suppression of the Hunter Biden laptop story occured in the lead-up to the 2020 presidential election and conservatives believe it was motivated by a desire to shield then-candidate, Joe Biden from scrutiny over his family’s foreign business dealings.
“Twitter has shown itself to be not safe for the past 10 years and has lost users’ trust. The past team of ‘trust and safety’ is a disgrace, so it doesn’t have any right to judge what is being done now. They had a chance, but they sold their souls to a corporation,” A user commented on Reuters’ coverage of Roth’s remarks.
“Exactly,” Musk wrote in reply. “The obvious reality, as long-time users know, is that Twitter has failed in trust & safety for a very long time and has interfered in elections.”