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Twitter’s Jiminy Cricket has been shut down

by on13 December 2022

We don't need no conscience any more

Supreme Twit Elon [Look at me] Musk has shut down the council which acted as the company’s conscience on key issues like bullying, hate speech, suicide and what constituted child porn.

Twitter’s Trust and Safety Council, a group of around 100 independent civil, human rights and other organisations and was formed in 2016 as a way for the social media company to tackle hate speech, self-harm, suicide, child exploitation, and other related issues.

The group guided Twitter on how the platform can combat hate, harassment, and other issues, they didn’t review specific content disputes and have any decision-making authority. They didn't speak on Twitter’s behalf.

On Monday night, the council was scheduled to meet with Twitter representatives, including the new head of trust and safety Ella Irwin. But before the meeting could even take place, Twitter informed the group via email that the council will be disbanded.

According to the email, the platform was “reevaluating how best to bring external insights” and the council is “not the best structure to do this.” It further stated:  A week ago, three council members resigned, warning that the "safety and wellbeing of Twitter’s users was on the decline. Musk decided that the best way to tackle that was to say that the council had refused to tackle child abuse on Twitter and said their action was “criminal.”

Former CEO Jack Dorsey called Musk’s claims false.

Meanwhile, the train wreck which has been Musk’s rulership over Twitter continues with the thinking man’s ham saying he would remove all legacy blue checkmarks in the next few months, claiming that the way in which they were given out was "corrupt and nonsensical."

Twitter’s verified checkmark system was intended to authenticate high-profile accounts like politicians, famous personalities, journalists, and other public figures.

If a user wants to get their blue checkmark back, they will have to subscribe to Twitter Blue, which costs $8 a month for web users and $11 for those on iPhones. However, the new checkmark will say that they are verified because they are subscribed to Blue, and not because they are notable.


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