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LIBERALS RAGE: As Elon Musk Limits Twitter Employees Use of Content Moderation Days Before Midterm Elections

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Elon Musk has been the target of much criticism after his acquisition of Twitter and the moves he made immediately after taking ownership of the social media platform. 

On his arrival Musk reportedly fired CEO Parag Agrawal, CFO Ned Segal, and Chief Legal Counsel Vijaya Gadde.

While this move was heavily criticized by the media, his most recent act has caused an uproar across the country.

Only days before midterm elections Musk has limited Twitter staff from content moderation, specifically banning and suspending accounts.

Time reported on the status of Twitter’s moderation capabilities.

“Most people who work in Twitter’s Trust and Safety organization are currently 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 people familiar with the matter. Those posts were prioritized for manual enforcement, they said.

“People who were on call to enforce Twitter’s policies during Brazil’s presidential election did get access to the internal tools on Sunday, but in a limited capacity, according to two of the people. The company is still utilizing automated enforcement technology, and third-party contractors, according to one person, though the highest-profile violations are typically reviewed by Twitter employees.

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“Twitter staff use dashboards, known as agent tools, to carry out actions like banning or suspending an account that is deemed to have breached policy. Detection of policy breaches can either be flagged by other Twitter users or detected automatically, but taking action on them requires human input and access to the dashboard tools. Those tools have been suspended since last week, the people said.”

This move caught the attention of many on the platform.

John Voelcker twitter, “So @Twitter has reportedly limited employee access to content moderation tools used to enforce its misinformation + civic integrity policies. There are 7 days left until the U.S. midterm elections. This does NOT seem good.”

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